A campaign which highlights the memorable first milestones adopters could experience by adopting an older child is set to be launched this week.
Adoption Lancashire and Blackpool is looking for adopters who can provide a loving home and create key memories for older children, aged four and above.
The campaign, which launched on Tuesday, highlights the rewarding milestones adopters could experience, such as a child’s first visit to the seaside, the first visit from the tooth fairy or their first day at secondary school.
Across the service, 25% of children waiting for adoption in Lancashire and Blackpool are age four and above, some of whom have additional health and development needs.
Victoria Gent, Chair of Adoption Lancashire and Blackpool said: “I’d encourage anyone who is considering adoption to think about the benefits of adopting an older child.
“We know older children are waiting longer to be adopted than babies and toddlers, but they have a lot of love to give and so many memories to make in a loving and stable home.”
County Councillor Cosima Towneley, Lancashire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “Sometimes children of primary school age can be overlooked by prospective adopters who may think a baby or toddler is a better fit for their family.
“I would really urge them to think about all the positives of adopting an older child, and all the firsts still to happen.
“Older children can come with their own complex challenges and needs, but by showing them the love and care they deserve, you can create long-lasting memories for them as they grow and develop.”
Councillor Lynn Williams, Leader of Blackpool Council and Statutory Lead Member for Children’s Services said: “Adoptive parents may prefer to adopt a baby or young child to experience their first memories, but there are lots of other firsts that you can enjoy with an older child.
“You’ll get to enjoy key milestones with them as they grow, such as your first family holiday together.
“If you think you could adopt an older child and help them to reach their full potential, we would love to talk to you.”
Adoption Lancashire and Blackpool always need more adoptive parents and there is no typical applicant.
The service welcomes applications from people of any sexuality or gender over the age of 21.
Adopters don’t have to be married or have a partner either, with the service having lots of excellent single adopters.
Find out more about adoption on the Adoption Lancashire and Blackpool website or book a place at one of our information events held regularly across the county: www.adoptionlancashireblackpool.org.uk.