This week is National Adoption Week. Current figures show there are around 30 children in the area covered by Together for Adoption waiting to be adopted and the service will be looking to find families for around 140 children a year.
St.Helens Council works with other local authorities in the area to form Together for Adoption, a shared adoption service. Tomorrow between 5-7pm there will be a drop in session with the Together for Adoption team in St.Helens Town Hall.
Speaking after opening with staff and partners from across the region, Bryan Glover, Head of Service for Together for Adoption, said: “Together for Adoption is bringing together outstanding expertise from across the region under one roof and we have talented and dedicated staff and partner organisations who will continue to offer the outstanding service people who have adopted have experienced.
“We will be looking to build on these strengths to giving everyone who is interested in adopting, or has successfully adopted, the right support throughout their journey. We know this has been highly valued by adopters and we will continue to offer that professional compassionate and thorough care to ensure children and adopters have the best possible outcomes. It is a really rewarding job, particularly when we hear from families years down the line who have had their lives transformed, for the better, through adoption.”
The move follows an announcement from Government in 2015, allowing councils to merge their adoption services and proposing they be run on a regional basis by 2020.
By bringing the teams together it is hoped the process of adoption will be easier, increasing the number of children adopted and improving the experience for adopters.
Together for Adoption will hold a drop in event in St Helens Town Hall on Tuesday 17th October from 5pm-7pm, where there will be advice on how to start the journey of adoption as well as the kind of support both pre and post-adoption families can expect to receive.
If you can’t make it along to the event to chat with a member of the friendly team, visit http://www.togetherforadoption.co.uk or call 01942 478272 to find out more about the new service, and hear from real adopters on their life-changing experiences.