I have pledged my support for National Adoption Week and its campaign for people across Oldham East and Saddleworth to #SupportAdoption. The week is a national event, focussing on family finding for some of our most vulnerable children in the UK. It is also a chance to demystify and clarify the adoption process, reflect the challenges of adoptive parenting, share individual stories and showcase best practice. Nationwide supporters have been sharing their adoption stories and detailing how their lives have been affected on Facebook and Twitter.
National Adoption Week should remind all of us of the importance of finding families for some of our most vulnerable children in my constituency and beyond. Local council social workers, voluntary adoption agencies and the statutory Adoption Register supporting them day in, day out, are doing everything possible to family find for vulnerable children.
Adoption is a route to a brighter future for children who have faced challenges. We must make it available whenever it is the option most suited to a child or sibling group.
Melissa Forbes-Murison, Manager of Adoption Match said;
“Day in day out, using the Adoption Register for England, we make links for children seeking a permanent loving family with prospective adopters. The Adoption Register is the only statutory register of children and families awaiting adoptive placement. All councils and voluntary agencies are required to use the register. Since 2004 we have found families for 3356 children who may otherwise have never been found a permanent family. The Adoption Register has been used to aid family finding for nearly 20,000 children.
I often speak with social workers and respective adopters who are working tirelessly to help find loving homes for children who so desperately need one.”