BECOMING an adoptive mum has inspired Nicola Hadfield, to set up a charity to support other adopters across the North West .
Nicola, adoptive mum to 4 and 6 year old brothers for the past two years, initially set up a community support group for families new to adoption, this has now grown into the charity Forever Families.
The charity gives adopters a chance to meet with others facing the same issues, share the challenges and for the adopted children to enjoy plenty of fun activities along the way. The charity, which supports 143 adults and 104 adopted children, meets in Denton on the third Saturday of every month.
Nicola said: “Adopting is the best thing we’ve ever done. We initially wanted to adopt a child that was as young as possible and we said we’d prefer a girl but now we have two young brothers we wouldn’t change it for the world. It took us about 12 months from making our first enquiry to becoming fully fledged adopters. The support from Tameside staff throughout the adoption process and now has been excellent, you couldn’t fault it.”
Jean Carey, Adoption Team Manager said: “The Forever Families adoption support group is very much valued by adoptive families both within Tameside and neighbouring local authorities. Adopters have told us how important it is to be able to meet regularly with other adopters as “they just understand” all the issues involved in adoption. Others tell us how much they look forward to the Saturday coffee mornings to chat with other adopters and for the children to have fun!”
Adoption attracts people from a variety of backgrounds, Jean added : “ There are no blanket bans in adoption, so please don’t think we’ll turn you down because you’re over 40, single, or don’t own your own home. What we really need are people who can offer a child or sibling group a loving and supportive family for life. People who can help a child recover from the reasons why they came in to care and can help them go on to thrive in a new family. Initially, we are simply asking people to come forward and find out more about adoption.”
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