Have you ever thought about adoption?
Have you considered adopting a child but then put it to the back of your mind? Do you have a loving home which you could offer a child in need of adoption? Adopters are needed for children of any age in the Peterborough City Council area and also further afield. People from all walks of life can adopt, including people who are single, couples with or without children and same sex couples. You do need to be over 21, but there is no upper age limit. Homes are needed for children of all ages and there is also a need for people who can adopt sibling groups, children with disabilities or health problems and children from black and ethnic minority backgrounds.
A day in the life of a Foster Carer"My husband and I always wanted to be parents. When we discovered we could not have children naturally we looked at other options. Our doctor mentioned adoption to us, and I soon found out that adoption isn't just about my desire to be a parent, it's about providing a loving, stable home to a child who may have not had the best start in life or who couldn't live with their birth family. We decided to find out more, picked up the phone and called Peterborough City Council Adoption Team. We were sent an Information Pack and within a couple of weeks attended an Information Evening. I remember being so nervous – it was our first contact with Social Workers! Everyone was so nice and friendly, we knew from that point onwards that adoption was right for us. Our Social Worker was fantastic and really made us feel at ease. During our assessment we attended training courses and had lots of visits to our house, it seemed like a lot to go through. Attending the Adoption Panel and being approved as Adopters felt like our dream was finally becoming real. One day our Social Worker came to visit to tell us about our child. His birth parents both had learning difficulties and could not care for him. As soon as we read about him we knew he was meant to be our son. After what seemed like forever (in reality, only a couple of months!) We finally met him. He will always know he is adopted and that he has two sets of parents who love him dearly, and we cannot wait to see him grow up and share some of these times with his birth parents through contact letters. If you are thinking about adopting, pick up the phone and give the city council's Adoption Team a call. Adoption has its ups and downs. There is so much more to being an adoptive parent than you may first think, but this is one of the best decisions we have ever made".
For more information contact the Peterborough City Council Adoption Team on (01733) 317448 or visit: www.peterborough.gov.uk/adoption