Find out how you can change a child’s life this National Adoption Week (14-20 October).
Together for Adoption is urging more people to come forward so children in care can find their forever homes. In the last year, 90 children were adopted and 42 new adopters were approved by the organisation, which covers five local authorities, including Wigan Council.
Tracy and Anthony struggled to conceive naturally and after deciding that IVF wasn’t for them, they enquired about adopting siblings. In 2016, they adopted their daughter, now 4. Less than a year later, their son, now 2 completed their family.
Tracy said: “We contacted Together for Adoption because we had been trying for a baby for a few years. We were ready to be parents and give love to someone who wanted it. It’s great we have been able to open our homes to a brother and sister.
“It’s normal life and it’s no different to any other family. It’s hectic but we wouldn’t have it any other way.”
And, it’s not just a family that Together for Adoption have given to the couple.
Anthony said: “There is a lot of post-adoption support. There’s always somebody to speak to at the end of the phone if we need it.”
Tracy continued: “You get the benefit of chatting with multiple agencies and the different skillsets from staff members. There’s also the flexibility of looking in the five local authority areas to find your forever family.”
Together for Adoption brings together the adoption services of Cheshire West and Chester, Halton, St. Helens, Warrington and Wigan.
National Adoption Week 2019 takes place next week and there will be a number of drop-in sessions taking place across the five areas where people can find out more information about adoption. For more information about adoption visit www.togetherforadoption.co.uk.