There are currently 155 children across West Yorkshire who are waiting for permanent, loving homes due to a shortage of people coming forward interested in adoption.
Unfortunately many potential adopters rule themselves out, often due to misunderstood or outdated information. Therefore One Adoption West Yorkshire is urging all potential adopters to find out more before making such a life-changing decision.
Sarah Johal, head of One Adoption West Yorkshire said:
“People often assume that you have to be a certain type of person to adopt, but this isn’t the case. We want people who are committed to having a positive impact on a child’s life, and are devoted to providing them with a secure and loving home.
“We would love to hear from potential parents and anyone interested in learning more about adoption. Considering adoption is a huge decision for anyone. At times it is challenging, as parenthood is for everyone, but adoption is an incredibly rewarding and positive experience.
“The team has lots of experience helping people create a family and are always on hand to answer your questions. It is so important that people don’t rule themselves out without first getting the facts, because they could miss out on the opportunity of building their family, and helping a child who may not have had a great start in life.”
The regional adoption agency for West Yorkshire is also keen to ‘bust’ the myths which often put people off from taking the first step into adoption. Sarah added:
“You don’t have to be married or in a relationship to adopt, we have some excellent single adopters, and 20% of all adopters we have approved are from the LGBTQ+ community. People of any race or religion are welcome to apply, as are people who have a disability. The only criteria is that you must be 21 years or older, have space in your home and a willingness to provide a safe and loving home for a child.”
People who are concerned that they may not get the support they need once they adopt can also be reassured. One Adoption parents are supported throughout the whole process by a highly experienced, dedicated adoption support team. There is a comprehensive programme of pre and post adoption training and support – from stay and play sessions to more in-depth workshops and a new peer mentor scheme.
One Adoption West Yorkshire holds regular adoption information events across the region where people can hear about the needs of children who are waiting to be adopted and talk to adoption social workers to find out more.
The next information events in West Yorkshire are: Tuesday 4 February, 6.30pm at Mercure Bradford Bankfield Hotel, Saturday 22 February, 10am at Brian Jackson House Huddersfield, and Tuesday 10 March, 6.30pm Kernel House Leeds. There is no need to book to attend these events, but people are advised to arrive early.
People who are interested in finding out more about adoption, are advised to call
0113 378 3535 and talk to the friendly team or visit www.oneadoption.co.uk.
One Adoption West Yorkshire is a regional adoption agency providing the adoption services for all five councils in the area: Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield.