In the past twelve months, Hampshire County Council has had success in arranging 59 adoptions. There is always a need for more adoptive families, and this National Adoption Week (3-9 November), the County Council is asking those who may be considering adoption to contact the Adoption and Fostering Service.
At any one time the County Council can be looking for adoptive parents for up to 60 children who, for a variety of reasons, are separated from their birth families. Right now 42 children are seeking adoption in Hampshire, and the County Council is keen to hear from anyone over 21 who has the experience, commitment and capacity to offer a child or sibling group a loving and supportive family home.
Councillor Keith Mans, Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, said: “There are a number of reasons why a child may become separated from their birth family. Some have experience abuse, neglect, or come from troubled backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common – they need the opportunity to grow and flourish in a family home.
“We welcome enquiries from people from all sections of the community, regardless of age or background, who feel they are able to care for, nurture and support a child. Finding the right homes for Hampshire children, and supporting our adopters, is our priority – we consider all enquiries on an individual basis and are keen to hear from anyone who believes they have what it takes to adopt a child.”
The Adoption and Fostering Service will be holding an information event at Lanterns Children’s Centre, Winchester on Thursday 6 November. Anybody interested in learning more about adoption and fostering can drop in between 4-8pm to talk to the County Council’s adoption recruitment team, along with existing adoptive parents and foster carers, about the opportunities available in Hampshire.
An information pack is also available online at www.hants.gov.uk/adoption, or by calling 0845 603 5620. People from all walks of life are needed, who can look after all types of children including children from different ethnicities, children with special needs and children up to eight years of age, as well as groups of brothers and sisters who need to stay together.