5 July 2017

Sheffield City Council is asking more families to help change the lives of children throughout the city by adopting a child. Four children in Sheffield, aged 0-2 years, need adoptive families.

If you are interested in finding out more or considering adopting please come along to an information evening on Wednesday 19th July 6pm to 8pm at Quaker Meeting House, 10 Saint James’ Street, Sheffield, S1 2EW. To book a place or find out more please call 0114 273 5010 or visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/adoption

Chris’s story:

Chris* from Sheffield adopted his son Jacob* when he was 15 months old. His adoptive family say that, one year on, he’s a different child and has settled into family life.

Chris, Jacob’s Dad, tells us why he has found adopting so rewarding:

“It has been harder than we could have imagined. It’s definitely not an easy option. It is exhausting but the rewards are so great.

“It’s amazing to see that he has already morphed into a mini me – copying my mannerisms with his hands in his pockets. Me and my wife are both very active, we like to walk, cycle and climb, and Jacob is an adrenalin junky too. When he had been with us for six weeks we took him for a long walk in the peak district.

“I’m a keen biker and so is my Dad. He bought Jacob a balance bike a couple of months ago and the first time he used it he cycled around Carsington Water.”

“When people come to visit us they often can’t believe the difference in Jacob. When we first met him, he was really fearful of strangers, loud noises and very sensitive to new things. Now in the space of a year he is a totally different child.

“It’s the small things which show that he is learning to trust us.

“When he first came, for example, we couldn’t put a spoon near his mouth without him throwing it across the room. He also refused to sit down in the bath. After two weeks, he was not only sitting down but splashing around and really enjoying it.

Encouraging more people to come forward

Sheffield City Council wants to encourage more people to come forward and adopt babies and young children.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families said: “I really hope that Chris’s story inspires other people to adopt. We encourage and support applications from a wide variety of people with different backgrounds.  We need to find forever homes for children of all ages and all backgrounds, single children or siblings. The adoption process can take time but our role is to make sure that we create families that are right together and right for those people who are adopting and right for the child.

“We need more people to come forward so we have enough families for the children in our care.  If you are interested, or would like to know more, please, do come forward to speak to us.”