Adopt North West thanks Knowsley residents for their overwhelming support

Published on: Monday, 23-June-2014

Since launching Adopt North West – a collaboration between 22 of the region’s local authorities to raise awareness of the need for adopters – in March this year, over one thousand people have made enquiries about adopting a child.

In Knowsley four times as many people have made enquiries with the adoption service than during the same period of time last year.

The councils involved are astounded by the numbers of new potential adopters and would like to thank Knowsley residents for their ongoing support.

Cllr Gary See, Knowsley Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services, said:

“I’m delighted that the first ever North West Adoption Week was received so well and encouraged people who previously thought they wouldn’t be able to adopt to find out more.

“Often people think they may not be able to adopt, or that it’s an overly long process, but actually single people, non-homeowners, those who are in fulltime employment, same-sex couples and people over 50 are among those who can apply.

“Adoption gives people the chance to not only change their own life, but to make a real difference to someone else’s, too. I’d strongly urge anyone who is considering adoption to visit the Adopt North West website and find out more today.”

John Daly, Assistant Director for Children’s Services at Bolton Council, who is heading up the campaign, said:
 
“The level of interest we’ve had across the region is amazing – it’s surpassed our expectations, so we would like to thank everyone who has read, shared and talked about Adopt North West in the past few months.”

The campaign, which was launched with the North West’s first ever North West Adoption Week on 10 March 2014, received the backing of some of the region’s favourite famous faces, including Clint Boon, Justin Moorhouse and Ellie Leach (who plays Coronation Street’s Faye Windass). Each celebrity volunteered their time to appear in a short video that helped to bust the most common adoption myths, which can be viewed online at adoptnorthwest.co.uk.

For more information, or to register your interest in adopting, please visit www.adoptnorthwest.co.uk/