The team at voluntary adoption agency ARC Adoption North East have approved their 100th set of adopters since opening their doors in 2014.
At a time when new data from the Adoption Leadership Board (ALB) confirms shortage of approved adopters, director, Terry Fitzpatrick, is delighted with the momentous achievement, he said;
“We are all filled with great pride here at ARC that we have this month reached the tremendous landmark achievement of approving our 100th adoptive family since becoming an agency in 2014.
It is also very humbling that so many people have therefore chosen ARC to help them make their adoption journey. This occasion is certainly one to celebrate but more importantly it really emphasises for us the difference we have been able to make to the lives of children who have a plan of adoption and for the families who have come forward to care for them. We now look forward in the New Year to the 100th child placement and to the next 100 adoptive families being approved.”
There are thousands of children in need of a loving and nurturing home, ARC Adoption are continually looking for people that are able to offer nurturing and loving homes for children so that they can live in families that keep them safe and promote their growth and development.
ARC Adoption’s 100th approved adoptive parents Robert McFarlane and Sarah West, who chose ARC Adoption to become adoptive parents for a second time, were officially recognised by ARC Adoption’s adoption panel and presented with a bouquet of flowers to mark the occasion.
Speaking about their approval to become adoptive parents for the second time, Sarah said; “We would like to say how honoured we are to be ARC Adoption’s 100th adoptive family. Everyone at ARC has been so helpful and supportive. It has been great to have Linda as our social worker again as we have built up a great relationship with her. Both Linda and Lorraine have been there if we have needed them for any questions we’ve had or any support we have needed. We are so grateful to them all for giving us the opportunity to complete our family and it is something we will be eternally thankful for.”
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