This week is National Adoption Week (17th-23rd October), and anyone thinking of adoption should note in their diary to head along to the Ageas Bowl in Southampton on Saturday 26th November, from 10:00 – 14:00.
An unprecedented number of local and national adoption agencies are coming together to host a joint recruitment event for prospective adopters of children in care of all ages, especially sibling groups, children aged 2 to 6 and children with complex needs.
Friendly, professional staff will be on hand from all agencies to answer any questions, and prospective adopters will also have the opportunity to chat to families who have already adopted, and hear directly about their experiences of the recruitment process and life as a family.
There is no need to book, with attendees invited to simply drop in from 10:00. The leading agencies, which include Portsmouth City Council, Isle of Wight Council, Hampshire County Council, Southampton City Council, Barnardo’s and PACT, will be on hand to meet the needs of prospective adopters across the region and beyond.
Councillor Jonathan Bacon, leader and Executive member for children’s services at the Isle of Wight Council, said:
“For the first time, the council is joining forces with neighbouring local authorities to offer greater opportunities for matching children and adopters in our area through a regional adoption agency. This event in Southampton is the first joint event to take place, pooling the expertise within our region to improve the adoption journey for prospective adopters and ultimately benefit the children in our region who need to be part of a loving and secure family.
“Although people can speak to the Island’s adoption team at any time, the event in Southampton is an opportunity for prospective adopters to meet professionals from across the region as well as parents and children who have gone through the adoption journey, providing a real insight into the adoption process.”