Cornwall launches a new campaign, #YouCanAdopt to disperse the myths of adoption and highlight the number of children looking for a new family home.
Regional Adoption Agency Cornwall Council and independent adoption charity Families for Children have joined forces across the UK to launch the nationwide recruitment campaign.
Latest figures reveal that there are 22 children across Cornwall waiting for adoptive families, which include four sibling groups of two or more children, all looking for a new caring home.
Ruth Marriott, CEO at Families for Children said: “There are still many myths surrounding adoption specifically around who can adopt, age and even accommodation worries.
“We are behind the campaign in helping to answer some of these questions that make people assume they can’t adopt. We want to raise awareness of the needs of harder to place children who wait for the longest for their families. We are looking for people who have the motivation, commitment and love to be a great parent.”
Meanwhile, Councillor Sally Hawken, Cabinet Member for Children & Wellbeing, Cornwall Council said: “We know that lots of people think about adopting but wonder whether they might be eligible and so don’t take that all-important first step.
“Hopefully this new campaign will convince them to come and talk to us and dispel those myths. There are children locally and nationally from all backgrounds waiting for forever homes and that’s why we need people from all walks of life to come forward and help us to give them the love and care that every child needs to thrive, whatever their background.”
Currently, in the UK over 3000 children are seeking to be adopted and the new Cornish campaign seeks to break all the myths to who can and can’t adopt children.
There are many stigma’s that are untrue to adopting children which many feel prevents children from getting a loving stable home.
Campaign supporter Linda Foster from Truro feels the campaign will help break down those barriers as she said: “This campaign looks very worthwhile and it explains everything very well to those who may be wishing to adopt – it was the best thing we ever did, adopting our children and I hope this campaign will bring forward happiness for many others”
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