The world media ran stories about this family in West Virginia, United States who have 34 children and counting. An incredible story of love and sacrifice, I heard about the couple today. The more I read, the more captivated I am about this show of love. How many people out their can open up their hearts and homes to adopt one child, let alone 29? Some of the children they adopted have special needs as well. Not easy.
The amazing story of Jeanne and Paul Briggs caught the world’s attention in November 2014. With five biological children of their own, Jeane and Paul have adopted children from Mexico, Ghana, Bulgaria and Ukraine.
‘Over the past 29 years, as more children have arrived, the Brigg’s house has been adapted for their expanding family. The home now has nine bedrooms, two of which resemble dormitories at over 5,000 square feet. According to the BBC website, they spend £640 every week grocery shopping.
The question is why do they do it? Or perhaps, why not? Some of these children have medical needs, this has not deterred Jeane and Paul. Jane said ‘ I guess all my life, even as a child, I knew I would adopt and have a large family. Every child deserves a home’.
Adoption is a beautiful thing and more of us should try adopting. It is an option, I for one, would consider later on in life. I would love to adopt a four year old girl, so she could be a sister to my daughter. I know I have a lot to offer, but at the right time. I think.
I have one or maybe even two friends, who have adopted and I like what I see. I think more people should consider adopting a child… there are about 6,000 children in the UK who need adopting. Children who need hugs, children who need the safety and security of a loving home, children who want to give all of themselves back to a someone in return. The UK government is trying to speed up the process of adoption. Right now, it takes about two years and seven months.
To be adopted in the UK, a child must be under the age of 18 when the adoption application is made and the child must not have been married or be in a civil partnership.
The child’s birth parents normally must agree to the adoption unless, they can’t be found or they are incapable of giving consent or the child would be put at risk if they were not adopted.
The ultimate question is who can adopt in the UK? Can I adopt? The answer is simple. You may be able to adopt a child if you are aged 21 or over. I watched BBC documentary on the effect of fostering and adoption earlier on today and it broke my heart. If I could, I would open my home right now to every child who needs a home. But, it is not that simple. Heaven help!
Currently, there is no upper age limit to adopting. You do not have to be married either. You can be single,married, in a civil partnership, unmarried or be the partner of the child’s parent.
According to http://www.gov.uk/child-adoption, to adopt, you can either go through an adoption agency that is part of your local council or a voluntary adoption agency. There are about 6,000 children across the UK needing adoption every year. These children come from a range of backgrounds which include Black African, Caribbean, Asian and mixed ethnicity.
According to the website: http://www.baaf.org, the number of BME children who are looked after by a local authority is increasing year on year. The majority of these children are over five years old and in need of families to provide them with permanent homes. Of course, there is support is available through the process. The support may be through the help of a social worker allocated, professional training to assist with the task of fostering and financial renumeration.
Here is a video to raise awareness about adoption from across Wales. Heart warming stories about finding the ‘forever family’. Video from http://www.baaf.org.uk.
For more on the Briggs family, please visit their blog: blessedbyachild.blogspot.co.uk.
Images from http://www.bbc.co.uk and blessedbyachild.blogspot.co.uk.