Thank you for showing some heart!

Public figures, sports people, musicians, groups, organisations and Somerset County Council staff all showed their hearts to support adoption in Somerset to mark National Adoption Week (17-23 October).

Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “Thank you to everyone who got involved and supported adoption in Somerset last week. The response has been fantastic and social media has been flooded with amazing photos of people showing their hearts to support adoption.”

People who supported the heart campaign included Darren Way Manager of Yeovil Town Football Club, Jack Leach and Tom Abell from Somerset County Cricket Club, Peter Budd and Tommy Banner from the Wurzels, Rt Reverend Ruth Worsley Bishop of Taunton, Frome Mayor Cllr Toby Eliot, Taunton Deane Mayor Cllr Vivienne Stock-Williams and local award winning blogger Jo – plus many more.

Cllr Nicholson continued: “We cannot thank you enough. All of the activity helps to raise awareness of adoption and gets people thinking about whether they can adopt a child or children.

“We, along with the rest of the Adopt South West partnership, urgently need people to come forward who would consider adopting.”

Somerset, and the whole of the South West, need adopters who can consider taking a young child through a child-centred Fostering for Adoption initiative, as well as sibling groups, children aged 4-plus, and who have specific needs.

To view all of the adoption heart images visit: https://flic.kr/s/aHskKie1ej

Visit http://www.facebook.com/AdoptioninSomerset or click twitter.com/adoptsomerset to follow Adoption in Somerset on social media. You can also find out more about Adoption in Somerset by visiting www.fosteradoptsomerset.org.uk

To read more about Adopt South West, a forward-thinking South West adoption partnership of councils and charities from across the region – including Somerset County Council – visit www.adoptsouthwest.org.uk