Find out more about adoption and the joy of siblings
Have you ever wondered about adopting but you're not sure where to start? Now's your chance to find out more about how the process can be.
Social workers from Gloucestershire County Council and previous adopters will be available next week to those looking to find out about adopting.
An open day is being held at Eastington Park, Eastington (North Stonehouse, GL10 3RY), on Wednesday 19th October, between 12pm - 9pm.
Gloucestershire County Council is looking for people from all walks of life to adopt children, although there is currently a greater need for adopters looking to adopt siblings.
On the day, former adopters Michael will be there to talk about how their lives (and husband Paul) changed forever when they adopted their two little boys.
Members of the adoption team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and offer information on all stages of the adoption process, including the excellent support available to adopters.
Former adopters Paul and Michael, said: "We adopted siblings as we wanted to have a family with more than one child. Both our boys had differing needs and required a lot of support to help them settle into their new home.
"Because we live in a small town, the boys are well known to the local community and people have followed their progress with genuine interest.
"Bringing up any two and six year old is a challenge, but these two came with all the adoption baggage and it is the greatest challenge we have taken on, but one we would never change. We're so lucky that their sibling bond is undeniably strong and it can only help them in years to come."
Cllr Paul McLain, cabinet member for children and young people, said: "Finding permanent homes for children in care is a priority for us.
"Our aim for all children is to give them the best possible life chances, which means offering the opportunity to adopt to the widest possible range of people. We need people from across the county to come forward and consider adoption, especially the adoption of sibling groups."
Gloucestershire County Council is looking for people from all walks of life to adopt, regardless of gender, sexuality, religion or age (as long as you are over 21). All children are different, and to meet their needs, there is a need for a wide variety of people to come forward.
If you would like to find out more about adoption please come along to the open day on Wednesday 19th October at Eastington Park, contact the Gloucestershire Adoption Team on 01452 427753, or visit www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/adoption.