Following a decline in the number of children being adopted from care, Sheffield will be holding a drop-in session for prospective parents.
There are seven children in Sheffield under the age of eight, 5 of which are under the age of three, awaiting adoption.
Just over a year ago, Andrea Taylor adopted two children, Tom age 5, and Annie just 2. She stated: “To anyone considering adoption if your relationship, support network and you yourself are strong and really have an open heart then absolutely go for it. It’s not without its challenges but neither is life. It’s a rollercoaster but one I don’t want to get off. We find it so rewarding putting our love in and being loved back.”
The council is holding drop in sessions for anyone thinking about adopting on the 17th October, from 10am-4pm at an information stall on Fargate and on the 18th October in the Winter Gardens.
Adopter Andrea told us about her first night with the pair: “We were expecting a lot of upset and an unsettled night as they had come straight to us from their birth family.
“Annie crawled for the first time as she had not been around sensory toys before. She loved her bath and enjoyed copying our facial expressions and noises, smacking her lips and blowing raspberries.
“Tom enjoyed a hot chocolate and lots of stories at bed time, gave me a huge cuddle but wouldn’t cuddle Carl. He went to sleep without any fuss and slept right through.”
Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families said: “I really hope that Andrea’s experience inspires other people to adopt. We encourage applications from a wide variety of people and need to find forever homes for children of all ages and all backgrounds. The adoption process can take time but our role is to make sure that we create families that are right together, right for those people who are adopting and right for the child or young person and to ensure it will be their forever family.”