THERE are 116 babies and children aged between eight months and six years - currently living in Leeds- who are desperately seeking a loving home.
Potential adopters are being urged to get in touch as part of Yorkshire Adoption Day, under a scheme run by an organisation called Being Family, which represents local councils across Yorkshire and Humberside.
In total there are 850 youngsters in need of adoption across the region, mainly living with foster parents.
One Leeds mum, who has successfully adopted a little boy, told her story. Carrie Hughes, 34, who already has an older son of 10, said: “My husband and I decided to adopt after I suffered several miscarriages and was diagnosed with endometriosis, which prevented me conceiving naturally. I was not prepared to go through IVF and more possible upset. I can’t put into words how rewarding adopting our child has been for us. You are giving a child a good home and a happy life with loving parents.
“I personally found the process quite therapeutic. My husband and I have been together since we were 15 years old, so it was enjoyable to share our personal journey with our social worker who we had formed a great bond with. That said, the process is incredibly draining, and consumes your life, and you ride an emotional roller coaster whilst you reach and tackle each hurdle you come across but we reminded ourselves every step of the way that we are working towards an amazing goal and looked upon it almost like our own adoption pregnancy.
“It has made our family complete and has been quite a journey, but totally worth it. I would advise anyone thinking about it, to get in touch.”
Being Family is a new initiative by the Yorkshire and Humber Adoption Consortium supported by Andrew Barton, celebrity hairdresser, adopted person and Yorkshire man. The Being Family campaign is based around a storytelling approach which seeks to reassure potential adopter’s anxieties in relation to the adoption process and dispel a range of common myths around people’s eligibility to adopt.
Nic Haughton, of the Yorkshire and Humber Adoption Consortium, who is leading the campaign, said: “The aim of the new Adoption Day is to encourage more potential adopters to come forward and think about it. Our new campaign is designed to maximise awareness. We want to bust some of the myths about adoption, about age, marital status and income levels. We want people to think “maybe I could do that” rather than rule themselves out.
“We have over 850 children from Yorkshire and Humber waiting to be matched with approved adopters right now, A new Being Family helpline has been set up by volunteers who have adopted and can talk about their first hand experiences. Call the Being Family helpline on 0300 222 5934 or log onto www.beingfamily.co.uk.