Now is the best time to adopt thanks to new regional programme
Adoption West is working with local authorities to help people to find out more about adopting during National Adoption Week.
The launch of Adoption West represents an exciting new chapter in how adoption services are provided. Local Authorities in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, Gloucestershire, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire will join together to provide a dedicated adoption service for the children in these areas awaiting adoptive families. The aim of this collaboration between authorities is to deliver an adoption service that offers improved outcomes for both children and those who want to adopt.
The move is expected to improve the adoption process; making it simpler for adoptive parents, and quicker so children awaiting adoption are waiting less time. Working regionally expands the pool of adoption-ready parents to match children with and that means children will not be waiting for adoption for as long.
The team at Adoption West pride themselves on welcoming applications from individuals and couples from all walks of life willing to adopt children, including babies and toddlers. There is a particular need at the moment for people to come forward to adopt sibling groups and children with additional needs. There is no upper age limit to adopt and Adoption West is keen to hear from married and unmarried couples, single people, lesbian and gay couples and individuals, those who have their own children, homeowners or those renting a property.
It can now take just six months to be approved as an adopter and as little as three months for second time adopters or foster carers. Adoption West offer a comprehensive support package to adopters, in a bid to make the adoption process as simple and as smooth as possible for the children and adopters. There has never been a better time to consider adoption in our region.
Cllr Richard Boyles cabinet member for children and young people said: “Finding permanent homes for children in care is a priority for the council. The 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 region to come forward and consider adoption”.
National Adoption Week, which started on the 15 October 2018, is the nationwide campaign, organised by First4Adoption. This week is all about raising awareness around adoption and the rewards it brings for children and adoptive families. There is currently a National shortage of adopters, with over 2,000 children waiting for their forever families nationally.
Adoption West are urging people to think about those children who wait the longest for a loving family. Could you be the family they are looking for?
Adoption West are holding information sessions during National Adoption Week for people to come along and find out more. More information can be found at www.adoptionwest.co.uk.
Alternatively you can call a member of the Adoption West Team on 03303 550333 or find the team on Facebook.