There are a staggering 4,500 children across the South West currently waiting to be adopted.
This sad figure is just part of a massive national shortage of adopters for children needing families across the UK. In response to this national shortage of adopters, the Government are now introducing many changes to make the adoption process easier.
CCS Adoption is an Ofsted Outstanding adoption agency which works across the South West to find families for these children. They contacted me to write about whether YOU might be able to help. Today on Bristol Mum, Jadwiga Ball, the CEO of CCS Adoption, dispels some of the common myths around adoption and who can adopt. If you think that you wouldn’t be able to adopt, then please read on – you might be surprised.
Common Misconceptions about adopting:
1) The assessment process takes a long time and will be invasive.
Many of our adopters have found the assessment process an informative experience and an important part of the adoption journey. The CCS Social Worker team places special importance on building positive relationships during assessment, recognising how important this is in finding the right matches between parent and child.
2) I’m over 40, can I adopt?
Yes, most adopters are in their late 30s to early 50s. You do need to be over 21. Consideration will be given to your age in relation to the age of the child you want to adopt.
3) I’m gay/lesbian, can I adopt?
Whether you are heterosexual, lesbian or gay is not a factor in your right to adopt.
4) Can I adopt if I work full-time/I’m unemployed/I’m on a low income?
Your financial circumstances and employment status will always be considered as part of an adoption process, but low income, being unemployed or employed do not automatically rule you out.
5) I’m single, can I adopt?
Single men and women and unmarried couples can and do adopt very successfully.
6) Can I adopt if I have children living at home?
Yes, you can. Having children of your own (of any age) will not exclude you from adopting, whether they are living at home with you or have grown up. CCS is experienced at matching children and adopted families and will take into account existing family members and the impact on them.
7) I can’t have birth children, can I adopt?
Yes, please don’t hesitate to ask for information at any stage. Fertility investigations and treatment would need to be complete before beginning the adoption process. Don’t think that you have to have experience of children to apply for adoption.
8) Can I adopt a child from a different ethnic background?
Yes, you can, the aim for everyone in the adoption system is to find loving families for each child in need of a happy future. A prospective adopter can be matched with a child with whom they do not share the same ethnicity, providing they can meet the child’s other identified needs. CCS is keen to hear from people from a range of different ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds to reflect the origins of the children waiting.
9) Once I have adopted will I be on my own if there are any problems?
Not at all, CCS adopters receive a wide range of on-going support as part of our commitment to life-long adoption support.
Are you considering adoption? If so, CCS Adoption is keen to hear from you. Please call Louisa at CCS Adoption today on 0845 122 0077 or visit the CCS Adoption website. CCS Adoption also run regular free information days where you can find out more.
Or, if you would like to volunteer with CCS or help raise much needed funds to support the work they do, please email Sarah at CCS on firstname.lastname@example.org