Richmond Council encourages people to adopt as part of National Adoption Week

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By Teddington People | Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 19:41

People from all walks of life are being urged to come forward as potential adoptive parents by Richmond Children’s Services as part of National Adoption Week.

The children in the Council’s care who are waiting for adoption all desperately need the stability, security, and support of a loving home. Many have experienced abuse or neglect and have problems with their physical and social development. Children come into care at all ages and stages – from babies through to teenagers. Brothers and sisters often need to stay together and be adopted by the same family.

National Adoption Week is organised by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) and runs from Monday, November 4 to Sunday, November, 10. It aims to raise awareness of adoption and encourage potential parents to come forward. There are an estimated 4,000 children across the UK needing to be adopted each year, many of whom will have suffered trauma in their short lives.

Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Cllr Christine Percival , said:

“Adoption is a way of providing new families for children who cannot be brought up by their own parents. There are many myths about adoption but it has changed a great deal and it is now open to more people than ever before. Don’t rule yourself out – adoption is an option.

“We have no blanket rules about who can and can’t adopt. The most important thing for us to consider is the needs of the children that are waiting to be adopted.”

Sally, a Richmond adopter, added:

“Our daughter has turned our world upside down and inside out but we just cannot imagine being without her. Life after adoption is never the same again. But we wouldn’t have it any other way. We are a family now and our lives feel complete.”

Adoption is a way of providing a new family for children who can no longer live with their birth parents. As Sally says, it is a big step with many challenges along the way but it also brings enormous rewards.

Richmond Children’s Services will give residents all the information and support they need to decide if adoption is right for them. Potential adopters can speak to one of the adoption social workers directly by calling, emailing, or writing to Children’s Services.

If you are interested in adopting a child contact today on 020 8891 7754. Alternatively visit www.richmond.gov.uk/adoption or email adoption@richmond.gov.uk or you can write to the Adoption Team at 42 York Street , Twickenham , TW1 3BW .

An information evening is being held from 7-9pm on Monday 11th November in Surbiton (in conjunction with Kingston Council) and on 7pm – 9.30pm on Tuesday, 7th January 2014 at York House Twickenham.

Please call 020 8891 7883 for more details.

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