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Adoption Week – 17 to 23 October

 

As it is National Adoption Week, from 17 – 23 October, it is an opportunity to highlight the details surrounding this topic in general. Anyone interested in finding out more on adoption is invited to an information evening on Wednesday 19 October, from 6.15pm – 8.30pm, at Borough Hall, in Bedford.

 

In 2015, Bedford Borough Council placed 12 children and young people with adoptive families. However, there are still a significant number who are looking for adoptive parents. In fact, 18 children and babies in Bedford Borough are currently waiting to be adopted.

 

Bedford Borough Council also has sibling groups waiting for permanent homes.

 

National Adoption Week will aim to encompass all aspects of adoption, to demystify and clarify the adoption process, reflect the challenges of adoptive parenting, share individual stories, showcase and signpost to best practice and invite anyone whose life or heart is touched by it.

 

Cllr Shan Hunt, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Social Care at Bedford Borough Council, said: “If anyone over 21 could provide a child with a loving home, we would be keen to have a chat with them to outline the support we offer every step of the way. Prospective adoptive parents simply need to provide love, time and lifetime commitment to a child.”

 

An Adoptive Parent, who has been through the process with Bedford Borough Council, said: “We already have a biological child of our own and always wanted a second biological child, but it just didn’t happen, so we went down the adoption route. We looked into it and went to an open evening at the Council and then just took it from there. When our child moved in with us in February this year, it literally brought ‘life’ to our home; he is such a character and he has made our family feel complete. There are challenges in becoming an adoptive parent, but when the child actually moves in, and you watch them thrive, it gives you a huge sense of joy.”

 

If you are interested in finding out more on Adoption, please get in touch with the Adoption Team on 01234 718718 or email adoptionandfoster@bedford.gov.uk  Follow Adoption Week on twitter at #SupportAdoption.

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