Adoption Counts is celebrating their one-year anniversary of helping children and families. The organization has erected a giant bee sculpture for the Bee in the City’s Hive of Creativity Festival at the National Football Museum. The bee symbolizes what a difference a year can make in the life of an adopted child.

‘Bee-YOU-ti-ful’ will be part of the art trail opening July 23rd and then auctioned off in October to raise money for The Lord Mayor of Manchester’s We Love MCR Charity.

The giant bee is part of Adoption Counts campaign that shares heartfelt stories from adoptive parents in hopes of encouraging more families to help children. There are a growing number of children under the age of two in the area who are in need of loving homes.

Artist Lois Cordelia covered the bee with playful images of children and incorporated words and phrases submitted by adoptive parents about their adoption journeys.

Councillor Saunders said: “We are so proud to be supporting this exciting festival, celebrating young people’s involvement in ‘Bee in the City’.  Lois Cordelia’s design captures our message perfectly, that adoption can transform a child’s life into a world of love, creativity and imagination. We recognize that by joining together with our partners across Manchester makes it easier to find the best family for each child.  Our key aim remains to provide the right adopters at the right time, reduce the delay in finding forever homes for these children and working hard for those who have waited the longest to be placed. We are committed to not just to finding new families but supporting these families into the future, helping them to give children the security they need.”

Adoption Counts hopes this campaign will encourage people to think about adopting and contacting them for support. Adoption is life changing. Visit to find out more.