39 children were adopted in Sheffield last year and 25 children are currently looking for an adoptive family.
One of our adopters Rachel* and her husband Dave* adopted a two year old girl over a year ago. They already had a five year old boy Tom* and had been undertaking IVF treatment to try for another baby, when they started thinking about adoption.
They had been apprehensive about adopting but after talking it through with some adopters they felt inspired to give it a go,
They went along to an open evening, which gave them some food for thought and a couple of months later they began the assessment process. Once they were approved as adopters they were quickly matched with their little girl Ella*.
Rachel said: “We absolutely adore Ella. We certainly have no regrets. She’s a gorgeous feisty two year old. Our little boy Tom has always wanted a little brother or sister and they get on so well. Tom is really protective over Ella and always knows how to make her smile when she’s having a tantrum.
“If you are thinking of adopting I would really suggest talking to other adopters- they give you the real experience and understanding of what to expect and how rewarding it can really be. We found this incredibly inspiring.”
National Adoption week this year is focusing on the qualities which make a good adopter.
Rachel said: “ I think the main thing is to be real, self-aware, no one is super human. If you can be open and honest and open to the help and support that is available I think that helps you to overcome any difficulties you may face.
Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families said: “I really hope that Rachel’s experience inspires other people to adopt. We encourage applications from a wide variety of people and need to find forever homes for children of all ages and all backgrounds. The adoption process can take time but our role is to make sure that we create families that are right together, right for those people who are adopting and right for the child or young person and to ensure it will be their forever family.
“We need more people to come forward so we have enough families for the children and young people in our care. Why not adopt – you can and will make a difference and change a child’s life.”
The council is holding an information evening for anyone thinking about adopting on the 6 November, from 6pm-8pm at Quaker Meeting House in the city centre. You can also drop into our Moorfoot offices (1 Moorfoot, S1 4PL) any time this week for more information.
To book a place or find out more please call 0114 273 5010 or visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/adoption