A special tea party was held to raise awareness of the need for more people to come forward to adopt a child.
The event was organised by specialist adoption agency St Francis Children’s Society and was attended by adopters and their children as well as Corby MP Andy Sawford.
The agency recently opened a new office in Peterborough which offers a new route for people in Northamptonshire who are looking to adopt. One of the services offered by the charity is Adoption Connections, which guides and supports prospective adopters through the adoption process and beyond.
It is keen to encourage more people to adopt the many children who are unable to live with their birth families and there is particular need for adopters who are interested in offering a home to older children, sibling groups, children with additional needs and black and dual heritage children.
Mr Sawford said: “I really enjoyed meeting these families and talking to parents about the challenges and joys of adopting. I am very pleased to support the work of SFCS, particularly in relation to the help that it provides to build new families around the children who most need them.”
Laura, a single adopter of a 13-year-old girl who lives in Corby, spoke about her experiences of adopting through SFCS. She said: “I always wanted to be a mum but the opportunity never arose for me to have my own child and as I turned 40 I decided that adoption was the way forward for me. My experience with SFCS has been positive from the very beginning. Their social workers have always been there for me when I needed them and the training I received was really positive and made sense once Cara [not her real name], my daughter, moved in with me.
“The first two years were hard when we were getting to know each other and at times I began to wonder if I had done the right thing but now I couldn’t imagine life without her.”
The charity will have a stand at Morrisons in Kettering on Friday, February 27, from 4pm to 7pm. It is holding an informal open evening for people interested in adopting at the Hampton by Hilton hotel, Rockingham Leisure Park, Corby, on Wednesday, March 4, from 6pm to 7.30pm.