This week is #NationalAdoptionWeek, a chance to raise awareness of adoption and highlight the work that is being done across the country through regional services, voluntary adoption agencies and other partners. One organisation that we have always worked closely with and supported is the National Adoption Service. This week, to celebrate their 5th birthday, they launch their The Parent You Could Be campaign, to showcase that adopters come from all areas of our communities and to encourage as many people as possible to become a parent through adoption
Since 2014 NAS have supported more than 1.630 children in Wales to find the right family for them. The campaign highlights real people who have been through adoption and are sharing their experiences - what they thought before they started and what they’ve learnt about themselves through the process - to dispel some of the myths that are putting people off adopting.
Chris, who adopted his daughter through Mid and West Wales Adoption Service with his wife in 2015, is one of the adopters supporting the campaign. The couple had been trying for a child but weren’t successful and took a number of years to come the decision to adopt.
“A child doesn’t want material things; they want to be loved and nurtured. Adoption has been so rewarding for me and I would like to encourage others to just find out more before saying ‘it’s not for me’.”
Suzanne Griffiths, Director of Operations for the National Adoption Service, said:
"Our goal is to draw on the expertise and knowledge we have built over the past five years to reach even more potential adopters in Wales and ensure that we can continue to find families for children to will help them thrive."
“There are some misconceptions about who can adopt but there really isn’t a one size fits all approach. It’s all dependent on the individual. The main things they can offer a child are time, patience, and security, as well as love. We hope that by showcasing our adopters who come from all walks of life, we can help others to realise the potential in themselves to be a great parent and make that call to their local adoption agency to find out more.”
NAS is looking for more people like Chris who are ready to fulfill their potential of becoming a parent to come forward and talk to their local agency about adoption. If you are interested in adoption and would like more information, visit adoptcymru.com.
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