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Complete your family. Adopt with Manchester, Manchester City Council - Adopt a Child Scheme

Complete your family. Adopt with Manchester.

77454 Mancon Landing Page Images_300X300px_V1_Do you dream of having your own family? Do you already have a family but want to make it complete? Thinking of adoption, but not sure what's involved? We can help you change a child's life and follow your dream.

Nearly 100 Manchester children need families to give them the chance of a better life. Because they have suffered some loss or disruption in their young lives, they need love, stability and a safe nurturing environment.

77454 Mancon Landing Page Images_300X300px_V1_3The children come from Manchester's ethnically and culturally diverse population. We welcome adoptive parents from every community so that we can find a family that reflects or promotes a child's individual identity.

Helping a child to develop and thrive in a happy home is a lifelong commitment requiring skill, energy, patience and a sense of humour. Changing a child's life is a very rewarding experience.

Martin, aged 45, and his wife Evelyn, 52, had their lives changed forever when they adopted with Manchester City Council.

“To be honest, I didn't really think that ordinary working people like us would be allowed to adopt.

“Going to meet our oldest, Alex, for the first time was the most terrifying thing I have done.

“He was 15 months old and had been with his foster carer most of his life. I remember I squatted down to say hello and he came running over. He totally bowled me over. He was beautiful. He came to live with us seven days later.

77454 Mancon Landing Page Images_300X300px_V1_4“It was really strange when we brought him home to stay. At bedtime I carried him upstairs, rocked him in my arms and put him in his cot. We had a baby monitor on all night and kept looking in on him.

“Five months later Alex's six-month-old brother Danny came to live with us. It was amazing – even though the boys hadn't been together before, it was like there was an instant bond between them.

“When their sister Rose was born and placed for adoption, it tugged at our heart-strings – we felt that if she couldn’t be with her mother, she belonged with us and her brothers.

“So in the space of 18 months we found ourselves with three children. It wasn’t easy, but the bond I have with them is stronger than anything else I have known.

“Our lives now are our children. Everything has a purpose. Everything we do and everything we think about is for our children.”

If you think you could provide a permanent family for a child or children who need a stable and loving home, then visit www.manchester.gov.uk/adopt or call 0800 988 8931.

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