As part of National Adoption Week (14 to 20 October), Doncaster Children’s Services Trust is on the lookout for more people willing to become the forever family for a child
At any one time there are around 20 children in Doncaster who cannot live with their birth parents and who are looking for a permanent, loving home.
The Trust’s Adoption Service is to hold an information drop-in on Wednesday 16 October at the Dome, to which anyone thinking about starting out on their adoption journey can call and have a chat any time between 5pm and 8pm.
The team will also be found on a stand outside Brookfields in Frenchgate on Friday 18 October, between 8.30am and 3.30pm.
Manager of the adoption team, Claire Holmes, said just as the children looking for homes come from all sorts of backgrounds, there is no one size fits all for adoptive parents either.
Brendan and Elliott are adoptive parents to three young brothers. They knew they wanted children years ago but, says Brendan, they thought that same sex couples couldn’t foster or adopt.
“When we realised we could the process was a happy accident,” said Brendan. “We saw an advert for the Trust’s Adoption Service with an email to contact to express an interest. We emailed and got a phone call really quickly.
“We had a home visit after which we went on a four day training course and then were well supported by the Trust service throughout the adoption process.”
They add: “Our lives are complete now. It’s like the boys have always been part of our family.”
The couple’s advice to anyone considering adoption is to speak to the Trust team and find out more.
Claire said: “If anyone has been thinking about the possibility of adopting we would love to meet them at either our drop-in, or at our stand in Frenchgate, where we can explain the process and discuss any questions or concerns.”
Those who cannot make it to either of those venues is invited to give the team a call on 01302 735 508. Details about the Adoption Service can also be found at: www.adoptingindoncaster.org