Yorkshire and Humber holds its first official Adoption Day on Monday to encourage more prospective adopters to come forward.
Being Family is a new initiative by the Yorkshire and Humber Adoption Consortium that is supported by Barnsley-born hairdresser Andrew Barton, who starred on the show Ten Years Younger. Andrew was adopted himself.
He said: “I’m proud to have been adopted as a child and strongly believe without the loving support of my parents and family I may not have become the man that I am today.
“Of course there are always questions around birth, heritage and the differences we have as a family but the love and care I received from my family is all I really needed.
“I relish conversations around nature or nurture and know that my family are mine, regardless of nature.
“It saddens me that so many children here in the UK are waiting for new families and am delighted to add my voice to creating awareness for these children in my work by supporting this important campaign.”
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.
A website, www.beingfamily.co.uk, has information about adopting in Yorkshire and Humber. People can use it to ask questions and request an information pack.
Nic Haughton, manager at the Yorkshire and Humber Adoption Consortium, who is leading the campaign, said: “The aim of the new Yorkshire and Humber Adoption Day is to encourage more potential adopters across Yorkshire and Humber to come forward and think about adoption.
“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 the Yorkshire and Humber region waiting to be matched with approved adopters right now and the numbers are growing.”
Across the Yorkshire and Humber region there has been a rise year on year in the number of children who need new families. Yorkshire and Humberside Adoption Consortium have estimated that 850 children need adoptive families this year, with at least this number of new children each year, so there is a great need to recruit more approved adopters across the region.*
It’s the same picture nationally with the Department of Education (DfE) reporting there are approximately 6,600 children awaiting adoption and only 1,800 approved adopters waiting for a child.
For further information about Being Family and the adoption process, visit www.beingfamily.co.uk, call 0300 222 5934 or follow @being_family on Twitter