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Heartfelt appeal from teenage girl adopted in Cornwall

Heartfelt appeal from teenage girl adopted in Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 8:43am 18th October 2019. (Updated at 2:08pm 18th October 2019)

A teenager, adopted in Cornwall when she was just three-years-old is making a heartfelt appeal.

13-year-old Jasmine has spent 10 years with a loving family in the Duchy, alongside her brother.

Now she is urging more potential parents to come forward during adoption week.

Figures show more than 150 children are waiting for new homes in the south west, including 27 in Cornwall.

Scroll down to read more information about adopting, including busting the myths for potential parents.

Jasmine's Story

Jasmine was adopted when she was just three-years-old and she has been sharing her story to try and encourage other people to make a difference to a young person in Cornwall.

The 13-year-old, who has spent more than 10 years with a loving family, has spoken of the relief at being adopted and the questions it raised: 

"I was quite young, so I don't remember too much about my birth family, but I do know there were some neglect issues, so I had to go into care.  

"I was moved into foster home, where I stayed with a family with a couple and their children and I became very close to them, very quickly.  

"I was then adopted when I turned three, and I was lucky because my mum and dad also adopted my brother".

She added: "The family I have now are really loving and caring; it's a huge family environment and we do simple things like have a Sunday roast.  

"My aunt, my nan and my cousins all live nearby, so there is always some you can talk to".

Jasmine

You can watch Jasmine's full story below...

Adoption from Together for Families on Vimeo.

Can I adopt?

The Fostering and Adoption service, part of Together for Families at Cornwall Council, currently has 27 children looking for a permanent home.  

Those waiting to be placed with a forever family are a range of ages and some are in sibling groups.

Latest figures show that 45% of the children in the South West waiting for adoptive families are brothers and sisters in groups of 2 or more. 

Figures from the National Adoption Information Service show that sibling groups wait 4 times longer than single children to be placed with their forever family.

All Agencies want potential adopters to know that:

  • There are children who are waiting to be adopted now;
  • The adoption process will prepare you for becoming an adopter within as little as six months;
  • Anyone over 21 can adopt and there is no upper age limit;
  • Single people can adopt;
  • We welcome applications from LGBTQ and intersex people;
  • Adopters can be of any religion or none;
  • Many adopters have disabilities;
  • Adopters will be fully trained before the child is placed;
  • Adopters are supported throughout the process and beyond the adoption order.

"The majority of people adopting for the first time choose to take a single child into their family rather than considering siblings. 

"Also, it is often in the best interests of the children that a sibling group finds a family together rather than experience further trauma by being separated. 

"This presents an extra challenge for social workers and these factors account for the high proportion of siblings in our region waiting for an adoptive family".

Jim Fitton, Families for Children

You can access more information about adoption through the Together for Families website.

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