I’ve always been an only child, and for a long time I wanted younger brothers and sisters. However, despite having only one child, my parents felt that my expenses were more than a small football team! They then decided one was enough.

However, as I got older my parents thought about having another child in order for me to have a sibling but since it was a bit late they thought of looking into adoption. I saw them look stressed every now and then and once I realised the reason for it I decided to take matters into my own hands. I was still at School when I wrote a letter to the Prime Minister John Major asking him to let us adopt a child.

My parents did not eventually adopt but the idea of doing something so wonderful makes me certainly want to adopt a child later in life. I know it will not be an easy task, but I see it as rewarding, highly fulfilling and something I have always wanted to do.

Across the UK, over 6,000 children are waiting to find an adoptive family, but for 1 in 4 it is likely to remain only a dream. And for every year a child waits, their chances of being adopted reduce by 20%.  Choosing to adopt or foster a child in care is likely to be one of the most challenging, but rewarding, decisions you’ll ever make.  Fostering for Adoption is a recent initiative that aims to give a child a permanent home as early as possible. In Fostering for Adoption, the local authority places a child on a temporary basis with foster carers who are also approved as adopters, so that if the court later agrees that the child should be adopted the placement could become an adoptive placement.

There are a number of ways you can learn more about adoption or fostering –  you can contact your local Authority and find out their procedures or you can alternatively look into private organisations that may assist in adopting a child at home. There is a legal requirement which should be adhered and guidelines can be available online in relation to which country you reside.

I am a tremendous supporter of adoption and if you are looking into it, I sincerely hope that you get the result you are looking for. During Christmas I see all of these campaigns where people are being told not to forget “a pet is not for Christmas”. It is vital NEVER to forget that adopting a child is NOT FOR FASHION, IT’S FOR LIFE and a responsibility that should be taken seriously and with the utmost respect and dedication.