Reasons to adopt a child and how it can change your life
PUBLISHED: 15:47 12 May 2020 | UPDATED: 11:09 13 May 2020
Despite coronavirus forcing us to press the pause button on life as we know it, you can still start thinking about building a family by adopting.
Theresa Dooley from Norfolk County Council Adoption Service tells us all we need to know about adopting - during coronavirus and in the future - and why it could be the best option for those wanting a child of their own.
Q: What affect will adopting a child have on a person’s life?
As much as adoption is a route to having a family, it’s more than that.
The process of adoption may not be straightforward, but it’s incredibly rewarding. There are children who desperately need to be part of a committed family unit – imagine being able to provide this for them.
Parents who adopt have access to a wide support network. We not only prepare prospective adopters for raising children but are also there to provide aftercare if needed.
Q: Who is eligible to adopt?
Adoption can be a good option for many people - there are no restrictions on gender, ethnicity, sexuality, or marital status, however, people must be 21 or older, of relatively good health to be able to look after a child, be financially stable and able to take at least a year off work to help their child settle in.
This doesn’t exclude people with underlying health conditions and we also ensure that the adopters are supported by family and friends and have stable relationships.
They will need to have a spare room for the child in their home and will have to provide both personal and employment references.
We encourage anyone interested in adopting to gain experience in childcare through volunteering at a nursery or school.
Q: How long does it take to adopt?
In normal circumstances, it would take around 6 months to be approved to adopt a child – this includes all the necessary checks, training and voluntary childcare experience.
But, during lockdown you should expect it to take slightly longer, though we are working hard to stay within our normal timeframes. We are still carrying out assessments, offering online training sessions and making any checks we can, so it is possible to start your adoption process with us at this time.
Q: Where should people begin if they want to adopt?
People can contact us for more information – we are very open and honest about the adoption process and will answer any questions you may have.
There are a few initial application forms to fill out, and then you’re on your way!
For more on adopting or to request an information pack call 01603 638343 or email email@example.com.
Visit the website at www.norfolk.gov.uk/adoption.
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