As many of you will be aware, this week (18-24 October 2021) is National Adoption Week.
At Nugent, adoption is one of our key services, and as the Registered Manager at Nugent Adoption, I think there is no better time to highlight the fantastic work we are doing.
2021 and Overcoming Adversity
It goes without saying that 2020 has seen every organisation, charity and service have to change to meet ever-increasing demands, and here at Nugent it is no exception.
We have had to change our service and adapt to meet all the challenges the pandemic has thrown at us, but ultimately, we place our children and adopters at the heart of our service.
Our aim has always been to deliver effective, personal and seamless support for families throughout the adoption process and beyond, and I believe that is our real strength.
We stay with our families for as long as they need us, and always strive to go the extra mile.
Adoption is life-changing, and there are still nearly 4,000 children in the UK that are looking to be adopted.
There are also several factors that contribute to the likelihood of adoption. Studies show that sibling groups, older children, and children from the BAME community sadly have to wait the longest for adoption.
It is very positive to note that a focus on this year’s Black History Month is adoption within the BAME community, and so there are efforts being made to allow all children equal opportunities to find a loving home.
Children in the care of local authorities are one of the most vulnerable groups in society and statistics show that difficulties can be life-long.
Adoption offers children who are vulnerable the chance to reach their potential in a stable, loving and permanent home.
It is one of the most selfless and rewarding things a person or couple could do in their life, and there are many reasons people choose to do it.
Nevertheless, there are also many myths surrounding adoption, but rest assured, we welcome any loving home, including singles and couples of any gender.
We are ultimately looking for two characteristics – love and stability. If you feel you could improve a child’s life by offering this, then maybe adoption is the right choice for you.
Finally, please keep an eye out on our website, as well as our Social Media platforms, as this week we will be highlighting the vital work we do, promoting adoption, and the way it can completely change the lives of both children and adults for the better, and emphasising the importance of adoption in our community.
Jo Lloyd, Registered Manager