Voluntary adoption agency Adopters for Adoption (AfA) wants to hear from potential adopters looking to provide safe, stable and permanent homes.
According to First 4 Adoption around 60 children in Northamptonshire are currently in need of adoption.
Many children in need of adoption are over four years old and some may have additional needs or are sibling groups who need to be placed together. All are from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds. AFA says there is an urgent need for potential adopters to come forward and offer these children what they need: a secure loving family committed to them for life.
According to Adopters for Adoption, one reason for this shortage is a lack of awareness among potential adopters of their eligibility to adopt.
Vivien Slyfield, head of service at AfA said: “A common misconception is that you have to be a married couple – this simply isn’t true. In reality, there are only three initial criteria you need to meet: you need to be at least 21 years old, living in the British Isles, and be clear of convictions or cautions for certain criminal offences. At AfA we’re committed to seeing the potential in all applicants, actively encouraging enquiries from a diverse range of people. We make our decisions on your ability to offer a loving, stable home – not your gender, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, marital status, income or religious beliefs.”
Set up by a team with first-hand experience of adoption, Adopters for Adoption prepares and assesses potential adopters, also delivering comprehensive post-adoption support to ensure adopters are supported every step of the way.
To find out more visit the Adopters for Adoption website www.adoptersforadoption.com, call Freephone number 0800 5877 791 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.