The giant Bee is a symbol of the difference a year can make in the life of an adopted child and parent. It forms part of Adoption Counts’ anniversary campaign which shares stories from adoptive parents about the life-changing family moments they’ll never forget.
Working closely with talented artist Lois Cordelia, adoptive parents submitted words and phrases about their adoption experiences to help create the Bee design, while enchanting illustrations of family and children cover the Bee in playful scenes.
The five local authorities in Greater Manchester and Cheshire that make up the adoption agency, were joined by adoptive parents and primary school children to unveil the Bee.
Councillor Lisa Stone, Salford City Council’s Lead Member for Children’s and Young People’s Services said:
“The bee and the heart-warming family stories about what a difference a year can make will create a real buzz about adoption and give so many more children the chance of finding their forever family and home. We’re delighted to be part of Adoption Counts, working hard to do the best for Salford children.”
The Bee, named ‘Bee-YOU-ti-ful’, will now form part of the Bee in the City art trail, opening on July 23rd, before it is auctioned off to raise funds for The Lord Mayor of Manchester’s, We Love MCR Charity, in October.
Adoptive parent, Paul, said:
“The process of adoption can be challenging, but Adoption Counts were with us every step of the way and, a year on, we’re thriving as a family. It’s lovely to be part of the anniversary and to see the Bee with words which resonate with us as adoptive parents. I hope it will open people’s eyes to adoption and how truly life-changing it can be.”
There are currently a high number of children, some of them with their siblings, in desperate need of a loving home in Greater Manchester and Cheshire. Adoption Counts hopes this campaign will encourage people to think about adopting and contact them for support.
Adoption is life changing. Visit www.adoptioncounts.org.uk to find out more.