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VIDEO: Waiting For Someone To Call Mum Or Dad

VIDEO: Waiting For Someone To Call Mum Or Dad

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:01am 19th October 2015.

A Carharrack mum with three adopted children says everyone deserves to have a mum and dad.

Joy has been speaking to Pirate FM at the beginning of national adoption week.

Her children are all victims of emotional and physical abuse, having suffered neglect.

But she says it is the best thing she's ever done - and is encouraging others to do it too.

She said: "There are just so many children out there that don't have families.

"It's not a lot to ask to have a mum and dad, not really in the great scheme of things. You're not looking at a top of the range Porsche - it's just a mum and dad.

"All of these children are in care because of fairly horrible reasons - and they're just children.

"All the children we've taken are victims of emotional abuse, neglect and physical abuse.

"They all have additional needs. Two of our children have possible life-changing conditions.

"But, at the end of the day, when you tuck them up in bed at night, they're just children."

Around 40 children a year are found a new family in Cornwall. At the moment there is a particular need to find people willing to adopt those between four and ten years old.

Alison Waters is Cornwall’s Adoption Service Manager. “We have adopters from all walks of life, and backgrounds and would encourage anyone thinking about adoption to contact us to find out more.” she said.

“We are particularly keen to hear from people who feel that they might be able to meet the needs of an older child. We need people who are able to emotionally attune to the needs of a child and provide a loving and stable home, but who also can offer a child understanding and acceptance of their past history. We offer training around therapeutic parenting and the needs of adopted children to all our prospective adopters as well as having a dedicated post adoption support service – The Family Plus Team”.

As well as needing adoptive families for older children and sibling groups, Cornwall Council is also looking for foster carers for teenagers. 

If you are interested in becoming an adoptive parent, Cornwall Council is holding an informal drop-in evening at New County Hall on Thursday 22nd October from 6pm-8pm. Or you can call 01872 322200 or visit www.adoptincornwall.co.uk for more information.

Watch more of Joy's story here...

Alison Waters from Cornwall Council explains why adoption is so important...

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