Kelly encourages more people to consider becoming adoptive parents
Sinn Féin’s Children and Young People spokesperson Catherine Kelly MLA has encouraged more people to consider becoming adoptive parents, as this week marks Adoption Awareness Week. She said:
“As of 31 March 2018, 3109 children were in care in the north of Ireland, the highest number since the introduction of the Children (NI) Order 1995. Almost 700 of them are under the age of five.
“Although the needs and circumstances of each child are unique, safe family settings are a major way of supporting and helping children.
“Children in care tend to have lived through difficult experiences and thus they can express their feelings through behaviours, which can be challenging. However, these children deserve to be loved and grow up in a family where they can be nurtured and encouraged to develop.
“There are a lot of myths around who can and can’t adopt children. However you can adopt if you’re over the age of 21, whether you’re single or in a couple, and regardless of your sexual orientation, religion or ethnic background.
“Foster and adoptive parents are a major asset to our society, and really are some of the unsung heroes. I would encourage more parents to consider adopting, and becoming a hero.”