Find out more about adoption at an event in Billingshurst this month, as part of National Adoption Week.
Organised by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering, National Adoption Week runs from November 5 to 11, and encourages people to think about whether they could offer a child a permanent home.
To mark National Adoption Week, West Sussex County Council’s adoption service is holding a presentation evening on Tuesday November 13, from 6pm to 8pm, at Billingshurst Village Hall, Roman Way, Billingshurst, RH14 9QW.
It’s a chance to meet the adoption team, ask questions, and learn what it takes to become an adoptive parent.
Cabinet member for children and families Peter Evans said: “Deciding you might be able to adopt a child and offer them a permanent home is a life-changing decision. If it’s something you’ve been considering, then please come along to the presentation evening to ask any questions you have and to find out more.
“Adoption is open to more people than you might think. The key things the council considers are not age, gender and marital status, but whether you have the love, resilience and understanding.
“The county council offers help and support before, during and after the adoption process. In an ideal world, every child would grow up in a stable environment loved by those around them. Sadly, that isn’t always the case, which is why we always welcome prospective families seriously considering adoption.”
The county council’s adoption service was judged as ‘good’ with some ‘outstanding’ features by Ofsted earlier this year.
The county council supports parents throughout the adoption process. Specific training is available, as is counselling and advice if needed.
For a free information pack on adoption visit the website at www.westsussex.gov.uk/adoption and complete the online enquiry form, contact 01403 229553, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.