VIDEO: Adoption 'myths' busted as figures show 55 children in Bolton need homes

This Is Lancashire: A scene from the adoption TV advert showing Le Mans Crescent. A scene from the adoption TV advert showing Le Mans Crescent.

BOLTON Council is leading the first North West Adoption Week to find loving homes for 55 children in the borough.

Adopt North West, a collaboration between 22 local authorities, has kicked off its “you can adopt” campaign by busting misconceptions.

These include adopting a child regardless of whether you are single, over 50, already having biological children, are gay, are 21 and over, are in full time employment, from any religion or are not a homeowner.

The campaign hopes to find families for the 623 children currently awaiting adoption in the North West through television and radio adverts.

John Daly, assistant director for Children’s Services at Bolton Council, who is heading the campaign, said: “Adoption is an accessible option for almost all would-be parents in the North West and we are communicating that message to increase people’s knowledge about the process and invite them to consider adoption as an option.

“There are many reasons why people choose to adopt and whatever their circumstances, they should seriously consider it.”

Cllr Madeline Murray, cabinet member for looked after children, said: “There are many myths about adoption and that it’s hard to qualify and the process is long and complicated but this isn’t the case.

“Adopting a child is a very rewarding experience and the campaign aims to get more people to come forward to help children who need our help.”

Adopt North West has been established to make the adoption process faster and more straightforward for adults looking to adopt.

To find out more or to register for more information, visit adoptnorthwest.co.uk, call 0333 400 1230, text Adopt to 83118 or tweet using #AdoptNW.

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11:16am Tue 11 Mar 14

steveG says...

Cllr Madeline Murray, cabinet member for looked after children, said: “There are many myths about adoption and that it’s hard to qualify and the process is long and complicated but this isn’t the case.

Well things certainly have changed then and children will be all the better for it.
Councils have long favoured fostering as it kept social workers in jobs,unfortunately to the detriment of children.
Fostering became a lucrative option for too many people who's main concern was money.

If all that has changed the world is suddenly a brighter place,certainly for children.
Cllr Madeline Murray, cabinet member for looked after children, said: “There are many myths about adoption and that it’s hard to qualify and the process is long and complicated but this isn’t the case. Well things certainly have changed then and children will be all the better for it. Councils have long favoured fostering as it kept social workers in jobs,unfortunately to the detriment of children. Fostering became a lucrative option for too many people who's main concern was money. If all that has changed the world is suddenly a brighter place,certainly for children. steveG
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12:40am Thu 13 Mar 14

BoltonLancs says...

..."These include adopting a child regardless of whether you are single, over 50, already having biological children, are gay, are 21 and over, are in full time employment, from any religion or are not a homeowner.".....

...John Daly, assistant director for Children’s Services at Bolton Council, you fit the criteria!!! Please adopt a child John! Please!

You could offer so much to these poor kids, they would want for nothing.! Please....
..."These include adopting a child regardless of whether you are single, over 50, already having biological children, are gay, are 21 and over, are in full time employment, from any religion or are not a homeowner."..... ...John Daly, assistant director for Children’s Services at Bolton Council, you fit the criteria!!! Please adopt a child John! Please! You could offer so much to these poor kids, they would want for nothing.! Please.... BoltonLancs
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