As part of National Adoption Week 2018 the head of One Adoption West Yorkshire, Sarah Johal appeared on Leeds TV to spread the word, that more adopters are needed across the region to provide permanent loving homes for children in care.
Bradford adopters, Richee and Vicki, who adopted their son Roman four years ago, also appeared on Leeds TV and explained brilliantly about what adopting is really like.
See the interviews here...
There are currently 180 children across West Yorkshire who are waiting for permanent, loving homes due to a shortage of people coming forward interested in adoption.
Current statistics show that the number of children in Yorkshire who have a plan for adoption outnumber those people coming forward to be adoptive parents by three to one, with the majority being older children or sibling groups of two or more.
Melanie and Pete had hoped to have their own children but after IVF was unsuccessful, decided to go along to a local adoption information event
We had been together for 10 years before we went along to the local authority adoption information evening. I was 30 and Pete was 35 at the time. Pete was a bit doubtful at first, but he met an old school friend when we were there and this seemed to help him to warm to the idea. Also we have friends who have adopted, and my cousins are adopted, so I think we started out with a reasonable awareness of adoption, its challenges and rewards.