Don't dismiss adoption urge Somerset County Council
By abbie_glasto | Thursday, December 20, 2012, 14:47
A festive campaign is encouraging more people in Somerset to consider adoption this year.
Many people incorrectly believe they are not eligible to adopt a child for reasons including having a criminal conviction.
The campaign is driven by Somerset County Council who say many people dismiss adoption incorrectly for reasons including their age, marital status, sexuality or income.
This follows recent research from the British Association for Adoption and Fostering revealing that one in five people believe being over 40 prevents them from being eligible.
Over two thirds thought that a criminal conviction would stop them from adoption and one in five again believed their sexuality (being gay, bisexual and transgender) would prevent them from being able to adopt.
Councillor Frances Nicholson, Council adoption chief, said: "The truth is that none of these things rule a person out of adoption,"
"Lots of people of all ages, backgrounds and lifestyles adopt in Somerset."
Local mother Eleanor adopted later in life with her partner Stephen, but the couple were nearly put off because they thought it was too late.
Eleanor said: "We had always planned to have children of our own but left it too late, due to work commitments and extended family pressures.
"We were approved to adopt and we were offered two darlings of three and five! No prizes for guessing our answer!
"We now feel a complete family and it seems as if it has always been the four of us. As a family we do exactly the same things as other families."
She added: "The day we all went to court and they were officially adopted and their surnames changed to ours they were so excited – they even got to sit on the judges knee for photographs. We are so grateful and everyday we have little rewards."
To find out more about Adoption in Somerset, visit www.adoptioninsomerset.org.uk or call 0800 587 9900.