The focus of this year’s National Adoption Week is on those children who wait longer to find their forever families; children with disability, older children and, in particular, sibling groups. Cornwall is no exception to this, with 5 groups of two and 1 sibling group of three currently waiting for us to find them a loving home.
We’re working with other regional and voluntary agencies to support the good work of National Adoption Week, so watch this space for more news and updates, but thought it might be a good idea to do a bit of mythbusting while we were about it as well.
So who can and can’t adopt? Plenty of myths here, but whatever you may have heard of read, it’s fair to say that the default position today is – assume you can!
Here’s what you need to know:
The adoption process can prepare you for becoming an adopter within as little as six months
There are children who need a new, permanent family now
Anyone over 21 can adopt and there is no upper age limit
LGTQ+ and intersex people can adopt
Single people can adopt
Adopters can be of any religion or none
Disabled people can adopt
Adopters will be fully trained before the child is placed
Adopters are supported throughout the process and beyond
If you’ve been thinking about adoption, now’s the time to get in touch. We have two informal drop-ins arranged across National Adoption Week:
Falmouth Park Family Hub – Park Terrace TR11 2DJ – Thursday October 17th: 1pm – 4pm
Trenance Children’s Centre, Trenance Road Newquay TR7 2LU – Friday October 18th: 1pm – 4pm
So feel free to drop over and see us for an informal, discreet chat to answer any questions you might have about adopting, otherwise you can call us on 01872 322 200 to find out more or visit www.adoptincornwall.