There’s nothing more special than having a loving family. It’s easy to take family for granted and forget how much these people shape your life, give you love and bring you joy. That’s why it’s such an incredible achievement that Adopt Coast to Coast has successfully found homes and families for 120 children since its launch a year ago.
Adopt Coast to Coast was born out of Cumbria County Council, Durham County Council and Together for Children joining forces in April 2021 to deliver children’s services on behalf of Sunderland City Council.
This amazing team-up is part of an initiative aimed to unite adoption services across the country, with the purpose of giving adoption teams greater opportunity to find the right homes for children in care and make the whole process smoother.
It’s fair to say that Adopt Coast to Coast has had a fantastic impact on our region since launching in April. They’ve approved 77 adopters and have over 70 more currently in the adoption application process, meaning their second year is setting up to have even more positive impact on children in our region in the year to come.
“As we celebrate the first anniversary of Adopt Coast to Coast it is the ideal time to reflect on all that we’ve achieved, and how the team have come together over the last year,” said Paula Gibbons, Head of Service for Adopt Coast to Coast.
“We have received a very warm welcome since launch and have seen an increase in enquiries of 31% which means we are in a strong position in starting year two.
“Despite our success we know we need to continue to work hard to bust the myths that result in people deciding they are not suitable to adopt even before they contact us.
“Collectively agencies across England don’t have enough adopters for the number of children and babies needing a permanent home, so we are always looking for more safe and loving homes for children in our care.
“We are keen to speak to people who are considering adoption as a way to start or grow their family and we are in particular need for adopters who would consider children who typically wait the longest to be matched with a family. This includes brother and sister groups, children aged 4 and over and children with disabilities and learning difficulties.
“We hold two virtual information events every month and offer one-to-one appointments and I would encourage anyone who has thought about adoption to come forward to find out more and to allow us to help them decide if adoption is right for them.”
Sophie and Alex were one of the first adopters to be approved and matched with Adopt Coast to Coast last year. After seeing an article about Adopt Coast to Coast online they got in touch for more information and subsequently changed their lives forever! Since then they’ve welcomed a new daughter into their family via Adopt Coast to Coast and can’t believe how lucky they were.
“A foster carer put the little girl in my arms, and I knew there was lots of people watching and taking photos so I could remember the moment, but I was just oblivious to it,” said Sophie.
“I had tears running down my face, and in that moment all of the pain of the last four years and infertility just washed away. All that mattered was that she was mine and I was hers.
“As I was holding her, she stretched out her hand to grab hold of Alex’s finger – she chose us, and it felt like magic. It was just meant to be.”
“We feel so lucky that Adopt Coast to Coast were able to approve us. From the moment I saw the article, to now having a daughter, it has just felt like fate” added Alex.
Find out more about adopting with Adopt Coast to Coast at www.adoptcoasttocoast.org.uk or by calling on 03000 268 268.