Families urged to come forward as adoptersBy Hugh Fort
November 06, 2012
Families in Bracknell Forest are urged to come forward to meet the 'desperate' need for 'forever families' the borough.
Bracknell Forest Council is taking part in National Adoption week, which runs until Sunday.
It is hoped families from around the borough will put themselves forward.
The council ran two events yesterday and today at Tesco in County Lane, Warfield, giving information to people.
The authority is looking for families for children over three, brothers and sisters and children with disabilities.
Cllr Gareth Barnard, executive member for children and young people said: “There are no blanket bans in adoption, so please don’t think we’ll turn you down because you’re over 40, single, or don’t own your own home.
"What we really need are people who can offer a child or sibling group a loving and supportive family for life. People who can help a child recover from the reasons why they came in to care and can help them go on to thrive in a new family.
“Initially, we are simply asking people to come forward and find out more about adoption.
"If you think you might have what it takes, please pick up the phone today.”
The week is organised by the British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) and aims to raise awareness of adoption and encourage potential parents to come forward.
There are an estimated 4,000 children across the UK needing adoption every year, many of whom will have suffered trauma in their lives.
David Holmes, Chief Executive of BAAF, says: “It is a sad fact that some children are simply unable to remain with their birth family, because of neglect, abuse or perhaps just because their parents are unable to cope.
"Adoption is one of the best ways we know of giving these children a new family for life.
"Children with lots of different types of early experience may need adopting - some of them have had traumatic experiences, others have learning difficulties or health problems and it’s crucial that loving and permanent families are found for them.”
Anyone interested in finding out more about adoption can call (01344) 352 020 or visit www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/adoption.
For more information about National Adoption Week visit www.nationaladoptionweek.org.uk