Since early April there’s been a 14% increase in enquires to adopt with Adopt Thames Valley.
A new campaign has been launched in Oxfordshire to help address a backlog in adoption caused by the coronavirus crisis.
Those behind the “You Can Adopt” campaign say it’s designed to dispel myths around who is eligible to adopt and encourage more residents to consider the role.
The group say that children in the county desperately needs more adopters from across its diverse communities, who can offer children a permanent, safe and loving home.
Due to the coronavirus crisis most of Adopt Thames Valley’s assessment and training has gone online.
Earlier this year, a new report revealed that over four in ten (45%) adults in the UK have considered adoption or would consider adoption in future. But, despite this, over six in 10 (62%) adults feel they do not know much about the adoption process. This lack of knowledge may contribute to many people not taking the important first step.
Some of the biggest misconceptions around eligibility are that single people, older people, and those who are LGBTQ+ are not allowed to adopt. This is not the case.
Teresa Rogers, Head of Adopt Thames Valley, said: "We are very excited to be supporting this campaign and keen to encourage more people to explore adopting with us. As a Regional Adoption Agency, we both assess adopters and family-find for children living in the region.
"While welcoming all to apply, we would particularly like to hear from potential adoptive parents who can consider adopting older children, sibling groups and those with complex health needs or a disability.
Charlotte (pictured above), from Oxfordshire, was worried that her troubled past would be a barrier to adoption. But as she and husband Peter found out, adopters come from all kinds of backgrounds. Now they are loving life as parents to their happy, funny daughter. This is their story; in Charlotte’s words:
“Our daughter Patricia is a fantastic, creative little girl. She loves riding her bike, climbing trees, and making up songs and stories. Adopting her was the best thing that me and my husband Peter have ever done. But if I’d allowed my troubled past to define me, we would never have done it.
“At first, me and Peter didn’t think too much about children when we moved in together. I still couldn’t believe I’d met this wonderful man after swearing to stay single! But then I got pregnant and had a miscarriage, followed by an ectopic pregnancy.
“The ectopic changed my mind about becoming pregnant. Suddenly, it became something that could kill me. We thought about fertility treatment – but why not use that money to create a home for an adopted child?
More information can be found at www.adpotthamesvalley.co.uk