WIGAN parents are being asked to put themselves in the family portrait in a bid to help give more homes to the scores of children waiting to be adopted.
As part of this year’s National Adoption Week, the WWISH (Warrington, Wigan and St Helens) service is launching its campaign based on the request ‘put yourself in the picture’.
Chief executive Donna Hall was joined by councillor Susan Loudon, cabinet member for children and young people and Anne Goldsmith, director for children and families, as they put themselves in the picture – just one of many ways Wigan Council is raising awareness of those of children in desperate need of a loving home and family to encourage prospective adopters to come forward.
There are currently 72 children in Wigan borough, Warrington and St Helens who are waiting for a loving home.
There are 43 boys and 29 girls, 22 are under two years of age, 37 are under five years of age, nine under seven years of age and two over seven years of age.
There are also 17 sibling groups of two or more children.
Coun Loudon said: “It’s extremely sad to know that there’s so many children out there desperate for a family.
“Please, if you think you could provide a loving home for someone, contact our team on 01942 487272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Chief executive of Wigan Council, Donna Hall, was adopted as a baby and knows only too well what it’s like being one of those children.
She said: “I love my adoptive parents so much.
“Sadly my dad died many years ago but I would not be in this job without their love and support.
“Adoption makes a massive difference.”
As part of Wigan Council’s drive to recruit more adoptive families, staff will be wearing special badges all week, encouraging members of the public to ask them about becoming adopters.
Adoption staff will also be in the Grand Arcade this Friday, November 8, between 10am and 4pm, giving out information and advice to the public.
WWISH adoption service was launched in October 2011 and is one of only two shared adoption services in the country, made up of Wigan Borough Council, Warrington Borough Council and St Helens Council.
Since its launch, 117 children have found loving homes and families.
For more information, visit the website www.wwish.org.uk