Many people dismiss the idea of adoption because they think they are too old, single, gay, or even perhaps on a low income, but none of these things need stop people from adopting a child in Somerset.
A festive campaign to encourage more people in Somerset to adopt – whatever their circumstances – has been launched by the county council as the authority says age, marital status, sexuality, low income or a criminal record are among reasons which people incorrectly think may bar them from adopting.
Research released by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) revealed that 1 in 5 people believe that being over the age of 40 prevents them from being eligible to adopt a child, a quarter said that having a low household income would rule a person out, over two-thirds thought that any criminal conviction from the past would stop them and 1 in 5 believed lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are unable to adopt.
Council adoption chief Cllr Frances Nicholson said: “The truth is that none of these things rule a person out of adoption. Lots of people of all ages, backgrounds and lifestyles adopt in Somerset”
To find out more about Adoption in Somerset, visit www.adoptioninsomerset.org.uk or call 0800 587 9900.
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