Could you be a family for a child who needs one?
This National Adoption Week (4 – 10 November) we are looking for people like you to consider adoption for the Buckinghamshire children who are urgently waiting to find their new family.
The greatest gift a parent can give a child is unconditional love, but sadly not all parents have the luxury of being able to give their children everything they need, due to any number of difficulties. We particularly need families who can offer groups of brothers and sisters a stable loving home.
Clare and her husband Jonathan decided to adopt after they were unable to have any of their own, despite IVF treatment. Clare told us: "We did want to be parents. It was the next option we thought was for us - not having children was worse. We had done most of the things we wanted to do as single and married people and this was the next step."
All kinds of people can become adopters. Like the children they look after, adoptive parents and foster carers come from a variety of backgrounds.
We welcome enquiries and applications from anyone over the age of 21; single; couples straight, gay or lesbian; living in your own home or rented accommodation and from all cultures and religions.
Clare admits that although the process of adopting felt like she was 'under the microscope' at times, she wouldn't change a thing.
If you decide to take the step to adopt or foster with us, we will ensure you receive all the help and support you need.
Clare said: "We've ended up with two really healthy lovely, always cheerful boys. They have brought a tremendous amount into our lives - something we wouldn't have had if we hadn't had children."
For further information call the First Step Team on 0800 160 1900, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.buckscc.gov.uk/adoption