Thinking about adoption?
Residents in Wigan Borough are being asked if they could open their home and their heart to a child in need of a loving home.
It’s National Adoption Week (15th – 21st October) and Wigan Council is urging anyone thinking about adoption to come forward and find out more about how they could change a child’s life.
The council is part of regional adoption agency Together for Adoption. It brings together the adoption services of five local authorities – Cheshire West and Chester, Halton, St Helens, Warrington and Wigan.
Together for adoption was developed following government changes announced in 2015 to the way adoption services operate by directing they be run on a regional basis by 2020.
There are currently 23 sibling groups and 35 single children across the region waiting to be adopted.
In the last year 85 children in care were placed for adoption through the agency.
Councillor Jenny Bullen, cabinet member for children and young people’s services at Wigan Council, said: “We are desperate for more adopters to come forward so our children in care can find loving, stable homes. If you have room in your home and your heart we would love you to get in touch and change a child’s life.
“Adoption is one of the most important aspects of work that any local authority has responsibility for and requires caring and skilled people to make it happen. Working with our partners across the region means those going through this journey get the best support available.
Last year adoption services in Wigan Borough were judged by Ofsted to be Outstanding and praised for the exceptionally high quality work to find children forever homes.
If you have room in your home and your heart to adopt find out more about Together for adoption at www.togetherforadoption.co.uk or 01942 487272.