Find out how you can change a child’s life this National Adoption Week.
Together for Adoption is urging more people to come forward so children in care can find their forever homes.
In the last year, 90 children were adopted and 42 new adopters were approved by the organisation, which covers five local authorities, including St Helens Council.
Tracy and Anthony struggled to conceive naturally and after deciding that IVF wasn’t for them, they enquired about adopting siblings.
In 2016, they adopted their daughter, now four. Less than a year later, their son, now two completed their family.
Tracy said: “We contacted Together for Adoption because we had been trying for a baby for a few years. We were ready to be parents and give love to someone who wanted it. It’s great we have been able to open our homes to a brother and sister.
“It’s normal life and it’s no different to any other family. It’s hectic but we wouldn’t have it any other way.”
And, it’s not just a family that Together for Adoption have given to the couple.
Anthony said: “There is a lot of post-adoption support. There’s always somebody to speak to at the end of the phone if we need it.”
Tracy added: “You get the benefit of chatting with multiple agencies and the different skillsets from staff members. There’s also the flexibility of looking in the five local authority areas to find your forever family.”
Together for Adoption brings together the adoption services of Cheshire West and Chester, Halton, St Helens, Warrington and Wigan.
National Adoption Week 2019 takes place between Monday 14 October and Sunday 20 October and there will be a number of drop-in sessions taking place across the five areas where people can find out more information about adoption.
Councillor Nova Charlton, Cabinet Member for Protecting Young People, said: “Living in a loving home is something that every child should experience and that is why on National Adoption Week it is so important that we remind people that they can give that care and support that every child deserves. This week is also a good opportunity to dispel the misconceptions about who can adopt, if you’ve ever thought about it, but thought you wouldn’t be eligible you might be surprised so the best thing to do is get in touch with Together For Adoption to find out more.
“Just like Tracy and Anthony you could make a difference to children’s lives and bring so much joy to yours through adoption.”
Together for Adoption was developed following government changes announced in 2015 to the way adoption services operate by directing they be run on a regional basis by 2020.
For more information about adoption visit www.togetherforadoption.co.uk