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County Council asks 'Could you adopt a child?'

Monday, 04 November 2013

In National Adoption Week (4-10 November), Hampshire County Council is asking for those who may be considering adoption to contact the Adoption and Fostering Service for more information.

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. Some of them may have experienced abuse or neglect or come from troubled backgrounds. They all have one thing in common - they need a chance in life, the opportunity to grow and thrive in a family home.

In the past twelve months, the County Council has arranged 61 successful adoptions and is keen to hear from anyone over 21 who believes they can offer a child or sibling group a loving and supportive family for life.

Councillor Keith Mans, Executive Lead Member for Children's Services, said: "We welcome enquiries from those of all sections of the community, regardless of age or background who feel they are able to offer a child the care and support they need. Our primary purpose is always to find people who can help a child recover from the reasons why they came in to care and can help them go on to flourish."

He continued: "Being a parent is richly rewarding. Children across Hampshire need families who can open their home and their hearts to care for, nurture and support them. 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 feels they have what it takes to be an adoptive parent."

An information pack is available on request by calling 0845 603 5620 or going online and completing an enquiry form. 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.

National Adoption Week is organised by the British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) and aims to raise awareness of adoption and encourage potential parents to come forward. There are an estimated 4,000 children across the UK needing adoption every year.

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