Borough marks National Adoption Week
Thousands more adoptive families are being urged to come forward during National Adoption Week in an effort to provide homes for children in Telford and Wrekin.
Activities in the area aim to increase diversity in the backgrounds and ethnicities of those coming forward to adopt the children that are ready and waiting for a loving family.
The latest data shows that 24% of current children waiting for adoption are a from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, so the recruitment drive will have a particular focus on finding families for these children, as well as other harder to place groups, including siblings and older children.
To be eligible to adopt, individuals must be aged 21 or over (there is no upper age limit).
People who adopt a child can be:
• Single, married or unmarried
• From any ethnic or religious background
• Heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender
• A homeowner or living in rented accommodation
• Employed or on benefits
• Those who have children or who have none
• People thinking of adopting for a second time
More details about adopting in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin are at www.roominyourheartforadoption.co.uk.
Joint Adoption Services, a partnership between Shropshire Council and Telford & Wrekin Council, hosted by Shropshire Council is holding a drop in Open Event on 14 October at Festival Drayton Centre in Market Drayton from 6pm and an Adoption Information Event on 24 October at Shirehall in Shrewsbury from 5.45pm.
Councillor Shirley Reynolds, cabinet member for Children & Young People, said:"Finding families for some of the most vulnerable children in our community is at the heart of this year’s National Adoption Week campaign.
“I urge anyone who has been thinking about adoption to reach out to an adoption agency and talk about what it might mean for you. Please don’t rule yourself out because there is something about you or your family’s circumstances that you think would rule you out – all sorts of people make great adopters!
“To those who have adopted a child from care, thank you for the commitment and love you bring to parenting some of our most vulnerable children.
You can also contact our recruitment team via the website or contact by telephone on: 0800 783 8798