Wanted: loving homes for 4,000 children in UK

NATIONAL Adoption Week is a UK-wide campaign organised by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF).

NATIONAL Adoption Week is a UK-wide campaign organised by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF).

It aims to help find families for up to 4,000 children across the UK who are waiting for permanent families.

Kevin Brennan MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children, Young People and Families, said: “I’d like to congratulate the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) on the 10th anniversary of National Adoption Week.

“It is a fundamental right of every child to belong to a loving and stable family. We know that many children in care wait too long to be adopted; and that for some a suitable adoptive family is never found.

“National Adoption Week is vital in helping to raise awareness of adoption and the number of children in care who are waiting for new permanent families. Most importantly, National Adoption Week encourages more prospective adopters to come forward.”

To celebrate National Adoption Week, Gateshead Council is inviting people to drop in for a cuppa and find out more about adopting a child.

The council is hosting an adoption information coffee morning on today at the Civic Centre, from 10am to noon.

During the coffee morning, guests will have the opportunity to talk to members of the adoption team and to pick up information packs on how they can adopt.

At present, the council has a number of children in need of a kind and loving family, including older children aged four years and above, sibling groups and children with disabilities.

Anne Roberts, adoption team manager at Gateshead Council, said: “We realise that it may sometimes feel a bit daunting to make direct contact with the council about such a life-changing experience as adoption, that’s why we would like to invite people interested in finding out more about this to an informal coffee morning where they can chat to the adoption team and other people who also want to learn about adoption.”

For further information on this event or to find out more about this service, call (0191) 433-8333.

South Tyneside Council aims to find adoptive families for children as quickly as possible once it has been decided that they are unable to live with their birth family.

The council is always recruiting adoptive parents for children of all ages but especially for children aged over two years, brothers and sisters and children with special needs.

During adoption week, South Tyneside Council is holding two events to give the public information about adoption. The first event is being held in Ashington at Trinity Church Hall (Methodist/URC) on Thursday, November 8, from 7pm-9pm. Experienced adoption officers and adopters will be present to give information and answer any questions people may have. The second event is in the MetroCentre on Sunday, November 11, from11am-5pm, where adoption officers will be handing out information and chatting to people about adoption.

Barnardo’s has been caring for children since Thomas Barnardo began his pioneering work in 1866. Although it no longer has children’s homes, Barnardo’s continues the work he began by providing foster homes for some of the country’s most vulnerable young people.

Barnardo’s has been an approved adoption agency since 1947 and has been involved in finding families for children for even longer. As a voluntary adoption agency, it helps local authorities place children who might otherwise not find permanent families. They help keep brothers and sisters together, find families for black and other ethnic minority children and help to increase choice and reduce delays for children who need families.

For more information call 0800 027-7280.

Futures for Children is an energetic independent fostering service provider, committed to delivering a quality service to the North-East and beyond. Part of an established national organisation, the office in Birtley continues to attract foster carers of a high calibre.

People may think about becoming foster carers for a long while before approaching fostering services providers. Futures for Children are happy to visit people in their own home to talk through what the job entails and to help people consider whether fostering is the right decision for them.

Fostering young people can be an exhausting job. It demands patience, resilience, humour, flexibility and genuineness. People are needed who are unflappable, conscientious, consistent and reliable.

Futures for Children helps foster carers in this work by offering high levels of support, guidance and training. If you think you have the kinds of skills to look after young people aged 10 years and over and want to find out more, contact Futures for Children on (0191) 492-2371.

For more information about adoption in general, visit www.nationaladoptionweek.org.uk

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