15 December 2014

Northamptonshire County Council is looking for loving parents who can offer a home to one of the 63 children who will spend this Christmas without a family.

These 63 children are currently waiting to be adopted and are hoping this Christmas will be the last one they spend without a forever family of their own.

One of the children looking for a permanent home is Olivia, aged three, who says: “I want Father Christmas to know where I live.”

Family time

Cllr Heather Smith, county council deputy leader and cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Christmas is all about spending time with your family and it’s heart-breaking to think that there are children in Northamptonshire who won’t wake up on Christmas morning in a loving home with their forever family.

“Every child deserves a secure, stable and loving family who will support them into adulthood, and this festive season we’re asking prospective parents if they could offer that home environment to one of the 63 children waiting to be adopted.”

Could you adopt?

To adopt with Northamptonshire County Council, people have to be over the age of 21. There is no legal upper age limit, although adopters need to be able to provide a stable home for a child until adulthood and beyond. Adopters can be single, married or co-habiting as a same sex or heterosexual couple.

Adoptive parents will benefit from a range of support services including peer support groups, a dedicated phone line and support for adopted and foster children.

The county council is also looking for foster carers who can provide a temporary home for children and young people until they can return to their own family.

To become a foster carer, people must:

  • Have space and time in their life to care for a child
  • Have a spare bedroom
  • Be able to work as part of a team
  • Are physically and mentally fit
  • Have patience, flexibility, time and energy

Foster carers will also receive a weekly allowance to cover the cost of meeting the child’s needs and recognising the foster carer’s skills and contribution.

Find out more

Information about adoption is available by visiting www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/adoption, while details on how to apply to become a foster carer can be found at www.fosterme.co.uk.