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Appeal to find Norfolk homes for 15 children waiting to be adopted

PUBLISHED: 17:10 11 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:02 12 October 2018

An appeal has been made for people in Norfolk to come forward to adopt children. Pic: Archant Library.

An appeal has been made for people in Norfolk to come forward to adopt children. Pic: Archant Library.

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An appeal has been made to find people who can offer loving homes to the 15 children in Norfolk who are waiting to be adopted.

Stuart Dark, acting chairman of Norfolk County Council's children's services committee. Pic: Norfolk Conservatives.Stuart Dark, acting chairman of Norfolk County Council's children's services committee. Pic: Norfolk Conservatives.

Next week is National Adoption Week and Norfolk County Council is appealing anybody who has been considering adoption to get in touch.

And one couple have shared their experience of adopting a little boy.

After several rounds of IVF were unsuccessful, Amy and Tom (not their real names) decided they would look to adopt, filled in an online application form and went to an information evening where they found out about the process and met other potential adopters.

Amy said: “Adoption was something we’d discussed many times. We wanted to start a family, but both of us agreed if it turned out we couldn’t have our own child, we’d definitely apply to adopt.”

The couple were interested in adopting siblings up to the age of three. But when their social worker talked to them about a three-year-old boy called Jamie.

Amy said: “Jamie was going to be at an adoption activity day, where potential adopters spend time with children who are waiting for a family. As soon as we met him, that was it – we both knew we wanted him. It was such a powerful, emotional feeling.”

They said they had a supportive social worker who guided them through the process and a play therapist was provided to help Jamie settle in and be comfortable.

He had some difficulties with speech and language at first, but Amy said: “We spent a lot of time talking to Jamie, reading books and encouraging him to express himself.

“We go on lots of family outings to give him new experiences and he loves his bike, swimming and music. The change in him is amazing – he soaks up new information and just loves to talk!”

Stuart Dark, acting chairman of the children’s services committee, said: “We currently have 15 children in Norfolk waiting to be adopted and we’re particularly keen to find adopters for brothers and sisters who need to stay together and children over the age of four.”

The council is holding an adoption information event at The Forum in Norwich, on Monday, November 19. It will run between 11am and 7pm.

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