Move to boost child adoption with roadshow

HAVE you ever thought about adopting a child, or would you like to know more about what it involves?

If so, an event organised by East Sussex County Council will give you the chance to find out more.

Organised by the county council’s adoption team, the drop-in event will be held at The Crowhurst Park Holiday Village in Battle from 6pm to 7.45pm on Tuesday, March 27.

It is the first of a series of such events to recruit more adoptive parents across the county.

Cllr Colin Belsey said, “This event will give people the opportunity to talk to our team and ask them any questions they want about adoption and the process that is involved.“

In a relaxed and informal atmosphere, people will not only get the chance to quiz the team about what the adoption process involves but they’ll also get the opportunity to chat to adoptive parents.

The parents will be happy to talk about their experiences and give visitors a real feel for what it’s like to adopt a child.

Each year, East Sussex County Council places around 40 children, who cannot live with their birth families for a variety of reasons, with adoptive parents.

These children range in age from babies to approximately eight-years-old.

Cllr Belsey said, “Our services for Looked After Children are rated some of the best in England and we are very good at finding the right families for children.

“The process is thorough, as it must be, because decisions taken now will have long term implications for the children and their future.”

He added the county council was constantly talking to adoptive parents and people who have been adopted to improve the process and the support it provides.

He said, “The feedback we have from people that go through the adoption process is very positive.

“Adoptive parents come from various backgrounds and they have many reasons for wanting to adopt a child.

“We would love to have the chance to speak to anyone who is considering adoption or just wants to know more about it.”

The council is always looking for prospective adoptive parents to ensure the best possible placements are arranged for the children concerned and is urging anybody who might be interested in adopting to come along to the event.

For those interested in finding out more, but who cannot attend the event, can visit http://www.eastsussex.gov.uk/adoption, telephone 01323 747154, or email adoption@eastsussex.gov.uk