Would you consider caring for a child where adoption is likely, but not certain?
Could you contemplate adopting a child aged 3+? A disabled child? Or siblings?
If you said yes to any of the above, join us for a special Facebook Q&A event this July – from the comfort of your own home. Anyone interested in finding out more about Somerset adoption, or our rewarding Fostering for Adoption initiative, is invited to take part in Somerset County Council’s online Q&A from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on Wednesday 20 July.
Social worker Louise will be on hand to answer your questions. You’ll be able to speak to us privately through Facebook messaging, or post your questions on the http://www.facebook.com/AdoptioninSomerset Facebook wall.
Currently more than 20 children in Somerset, aged 9 or younger, have adoption as their plan. These include three sibling groups and babies who are being placed with Fostering for Adoption carers.
What is Fostering for Adoption?
Fostering for Adoption is an initiative for children aged 0 to 4 and older. It gives young children in care greater stability in their early life, by placing them with people, who are approved as adopters, who are also temporarily approved as the child’s foster carers. This means that more of the child’s early months or years will be spent with people committed to becoming their adoptive parents. While it is very likely that adoption will be the outcome, there is still the possibility that the child may return to their birth family if this is the best option for the child. But whatever the outcome, people who choose to Foster for Adoption will know they have made a significant difference to a child, and given them the best possible start.
Why does Somerset need more adopters?
Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at Somerset County Council said: “There are over 20 children in our care whose plan is adoption. While the majority of these children have plans for permanence underway, we always need to hear from people who want to become loving, adoptive parents.
“When it comes to adoption, we would love to hear from more people who would consider adopting children aged 3 or older, sibling groups, or children with disabilities, as well as those who are open to becoming adopters and committing themselves to a young child through Fostering for Adoption.
“If you’re interested, do take part in our Facebook Q&A on Wednesday 20 July. Louise will be able to answer your questions and to give you advice.”
Take part in our Facebook Q&A from the comfort of your own home by visiting http://www.facebook.com/AdoptioninSomerset between 5.30pm and 7.30pm on Wednesday 20 July.
Can’t make it? Visit http://www.fosteradoptsomerset.org.uk or phone 0800 587 9900.
Or come to our next information session, Thursday 11 August at Shepton Mallet Costa Coffee, BA4 5EG, 7pm-9pm. Those who sign up for a place will get a free coffee and a cake.