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Parents share experiences of adoption
Monday 11th November, 2013

Parents share experiences of adoption
Jill Sudborough (Senior Social Worker, Wigan Council), Adoptive parent Claire, Louise Rawsthorne (Social Worker, Wigan Council) and adoptive parent Morag.

Adoptive parents, Morag and Claire, arrived at the WWISH adoption event in Wigan’s Grand Arcade last Friday (8th November) to share their experiences with others.

Married mother of two, Morag Platt, 36, Wigan, said:

“We decided to adopt two and half years ago after we found out a medical condition meant we couldn’t have children naturally. A lot of people might think adoption is a last resort, but it wasn’t for us - it was our first choice as we chose not to go down the IVF route.

"You have to go into adoption with an open mind and a big heart. It is hard work, but it’s certainly worthwhile for both you and your child.

“The adoption process was insightful and challenging; it helps you to prepare. Though I think nothing can really prepare you – it’s the same with natural birth parents!

“As part of the process you go through ‘matching’ that’s where you can specify your needs. We were able to choose an age bracket, but like natural birth parents, we wanted the sex to be a surprise.

“Twenty-two months ago, our son came to live with us. He’s four-years-old now and a little monkey! It feels as though he’s always been with us.

“Will we adopt again? I certainly hope so, we definitely want more children!”

Like Morag, Claire, 36 from Wigan, decided to adopt:

“Me and my husband decided to adopt in January 2012 and a year later we were Mum and Dad to a two-year-old girl and her three-year-old brother. It truly is the best thing I’ve ever done. Being a family, seeing their smiles and having someone call you “Mummy” and “Daddy” is magical.”

Despite the huge success of National Adoption Week (4th - 10th November), the WWISH adoption team are still urging people to come forward and give a child the opportunity to be part of a loving family.

Jill Sudbourough, senior social worker for WWISH, said:

“The drop-in events were a great opportunity to meet members of the public and to talk about the need to find more parents for the children who need an adoptive family, especially those children who are a little bit older and for sibling groups.

“Several people approached us who felt that they may be too old to adopt, or that they would not be considered as they was a single person, others asked if they would be discounted as they had children already in their family. We were able to reassure the public that these factors are not a barrier to adopting, The events also gave us the opportunity to raise awareness about adoption and to be a part of the local community, if we found one family for one child each day of the National Adoption Week then it will have been a success, if more adopters come forward as a result of the events then it would be great.”

To find out more about adoption, please visit: www.wwish.org.uk or call 01942 487272 to speak to a member of the team.

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