The mystery has been solved! Somerset County Council is marking National Adoption Week 2015 (19-25 October) with a special campaign – all around the number 4.
‘Too Old at 4?’ is the theme of this year’s National Adoption Week. Its aim is to highlight the fact that children aged 4 and above, siblings and disabled children who are awaiting adoption, can often find themselves waiting longer for an adoptive family than babies or toddlers. Children from black and minority ethnic backgrounds are also among those children who may wait the longest to be adopted.
This UK-wide picture is largely reflected in Somerset. The Adoption Service is currently actively seeking adopters for a number of children who are awaiting an adoptive family. They are all around the age of 4 or older.
To raise awareness this National Adoption Week, the County Council has raised a 4? flag outside County Hall in Taunton, with Somerset businesses, groups and organisations also backing the campaign on social media.
Among them are Somerset County Council’s Cabinet, Yeovil Town Football Club, Clarks Village, Taunton and Bridgwater Mayors Marcia Hill and Leigh Redman, and Yeovil District and Musgrove Hospitals – check out our Twitter account @somersetcouncil and Facebook for more information, as well as the full list of of participants below.
County Hall windows are filled with 4?s which can be spied by passers-by, and a short film about Somerset’s Adoption Service for prospective adopters, with Team Manager Wendy Wyatt-Thomas, has been launched:
Chris Ormrod, Managing Director at the Ministry of Cake in Taunton, who was adopted aged 11, has also blogged about his experiences – read more here: http://www.fosteradoptsomerset.org.uk/ministry-of-cakes-chris-i-was-adopted-at-11/
“Thinking about how I was at the age of eight,” he writes, “if Keith hadn’t had the courage and the bravery to take me on at the age of 11, and my young sister and brother, I would’ve grown up without a father figure. God only knows how that might have ended up.”
Individuals, couples or families interested in adoption – or in becoming foster carers to support children over 10 and teenagers in Somerset – are welcome to attend our information evening on Wednesday 21 October, 7pm at Wincanton Balsam Centre.
Events are held in different Somerset locations across the year. Check out www.fosteradoptsomerset.org.uk/events to find out more.
Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at Somerset County Council, said: “Our Adoption Service has been very successful at placing children in these so-termed ‘harder to place’ groups. We do have a brilliant pool of adopters who are waiting to be matched with younger children aged 0 to 3. At this particular point in time, however, the children who are waiting are older.
“These children are still so young, yet through no fault of their own, can find themselves waiting longer for their adoptive family than a baby or a toddler. If you are interested in finding out more, please get in touch.”
Our huge thanks to everyone who has supported our National Adoption Week campaign in Somerset so far:
• Avon and Somerset Police
• Bridgwater Mayor, Leigh Redman, and the Bridgwater Twinning Forum
• Canticle Choir
• Castle Cary Rugby Club
• Chard Hockey Club
• Clarks Village
• Mendip District Council
• Ministry of Cake
• Musgrove Park Hospital
• Nuffield Health Taunton
• Police and Crime Commissioner for Avon & Somerset, Sue Mountstevens
• Quantock AONB Service
• Somerset County Council Cabinet Members
• Somerset Road Safety
• Somerset Waste Partnership
• Taunton Deane Borough Council
• Taunton Library
• Wellsprings Leisure Centre
• West Somerset Council
• Yeovil District Hospital
• Yeovil Town Football Club
You can view our picture gallery at http://www.fosteradoptsomerset.org.uk/gallery-national-adoption-week-2015/
To enquire about adoption, or for more information, visit www.fosteradoptsomerset.org.uk or Facebook www.facebook.com/AdoptioninSomerset or phone 0800 587 9900.
Notes to Editors
All photos with caption information are all available to download for publication purposes at https://www.flickr.com/photos/somersetcountycouncil/albums/72157660098761271