WIGANERS are being asked to search their hearts and provide a loving home for scores of children in need of a new family.
As part of National Adoption Week, Wigan Council’s WWISH (Warrington, Wigan and St Helens) team is appealing to prospective parents to step forward and register.
Paul and Sarah Smith, from Wigan, have never looked back after welcoming boys aged three and five into their home.
Two years ago they had decided to start a family but after a year of trying were told the devastating news that they were unable to conceive naturally. That’s when they decided to consider adoption.
Paul, 35, said: “We contacted WWISH who provided an information pack and visited us at home. The social workers wanted to make sure that we had considered everything very carefully before making our decision. We also attended preparation groups and learnt all about the adoption process and about the needs of children. We also had the chance to meet other adoptive families who were more than happy to share their experiences with us.
Sarah, 33, added: “Waiting for our home assessment to start, we were both nervous and wondered what to expect. However, our allocated social worker quickly put us at ease. She was extremely supportive and knowledgeable, so much so that we looked forward to our home visits. Although in-depth at times, they were really productive and interesting and we knew we were one step closer to becoming a family.
“When we were told we couldn’t have children we were absolutely devastated. I’d dreamed of a big family so when the doctor told us that wouldn’t be possible it was hard to accept. But now, thanks to WWISH we have two beautiful children who we fell in love with instantly.”
To find out more about adoption visit www.wwish.org.uk and put yourself in the picture.