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National Adoption Week

10 November 2012

Sky Blues team up with National Adoption Week to help raise awareness

Not only did Tuesday’s match against Crawley bring a fantastic result, it also helped to raise awareness about an important subject.

Tomorrow is the final day of National Adoption Week, an annual event designed to inform as many people as possible about the process of adoption which the Sky Blues have been supporting.

Through Coventry City Council, National Adoption Week sponsored Tuesday’s game and in doing so reached out to people from all across the region.

Sky Blues fan Jerry McCleave, secretary of The Voices of Care group at Coventry City Council, was adopted himself so is particularly passionate about the subject.

“I was very proud to be invited to promote Coventry City Council’s Adoption week at Coventry City Football Club,” he said.

“As a City supporter of many years, along with my grandad Frank Walsh, it gave me great pleasure and pride to sponsor Tuesday’s game – and as it turns out we got a great result!

“As a person who has been brought up by the care of the local authority, I know how valuable it is to a young person to have a loving family around them – especially at times like Christmas, which is just around the corner.”

There are more than 60 children in need of adoption in Coventry at present and the council is looking for people, particularly over the age of 40, to provide a home for these children.

Jerry added: “We appreciate it’s a big step for people to become an adopter. We also know people will have all sorts of questions and that there are many myths around the subject. 

“That is why we are here to try and offer the best possible advice and by working together, we want to give you and your family the best start.

“I’d encourage anyone, even if they are only thinking about adoption, to speak with the council to find out more as it could be you that changes the life of a young person.”

For more information contact Nicky Hale from the adoption and fostering team at Coventry City Council on 02476 833333.

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