Somerset Children in Care have helped kick-start a ‘Have a Heart’ campaign in the lead up to National Adoption Week to raise awareness of the number of children waiting to be adopted.
‘National Adoption Week’ launches on 16 October and encourages people to consider adopting a child or to help spread the word about the urgent need for more adopters.
Somerset children in care recently made a beautiful heart on the sand at Minehead beach and are now decorating hearts to be shown in the windows of County Hall and on social media. Local school children, guides, brownies and beavers are also helping in the display.
Somerset County Council is encouraging everyone to join in the ‘Have a Heart’ campaign to help spread this message. Take a photograph of a heart in as many ways as you like (from a children’s drawing to a design on a t-shirt to icing on a cake for example) and photograph it for social media. People can then post the heart picture on Facebook, twitter or Instagram with the hashtags #HaveaHeart #SupportAdoption.
Councillor Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at Somerset County Council, said: “Somerset needs a minimum of 30 adopters this year alone to give Somerset Children a forever Mum or Dad. If you are looking to start or complete your family we urge you to consider adopting a child. There are many children waiting right now, who deserve a safe and loving home. You can read their stories and the experiences of adopters at fosteradoptsomerset.org.uk. Even if you are not in a position to adopt, you can help promote adoption and we would be very grateful for whatever you can do.
“We would urge any Somerset businesses and organisations to assist us in spreading the word by downloading a ‘National Adoption Week’ poster from our website or taking part in our ‘Have a Heart’ campaign via Social Media.”
If you would like to know more about adopting a child, talk to our friendly team on 0800 587 9900 or come to an informal information event in National Adoption Week.
Adoption events are held all over the County where experts are on hand to answer any questions you may have. For a full listing of events and the nearest one to you, click HERE