The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Adoption Service are calling for potential adoptive parents from across Essex to come forward.
Can you make a difference?
Adopted children may have had a difficult start to life. Sometimes, adopted children’s early needs may have gone unmet and all will have experienced some form of trauma. Many have suffered abuse or neglect, all have been separated from their birth families and all have spent time in the care system. Many will have grown up feeling unsafe, uncared for and alone.
We need parents who are able to offer a child the love, care, time and understanding within a framework of boundaries and consistency to meet these children’s needs into adulthood and beyond.
Well cared for children will grow up feeling comfortable safe and loved.
There are many myths surrounding adoption, however, you can still adopt a child and give them the upbringing they deserve if you are single, homosexual, already have a family of your own, have a disability, have a modest income or consider yourselves ‘older parents’. All you need is space, time and love for a new child and the determination to stick through the process of building a strong relationship.
Barking and Dagenham
Barking and Dagenham Council is currently looking to find families for 30 children waiting for a home. They are holding a number of informal open information sessions where you can meet members of the adoption team and an adoptive parent and have all of your questions answered.
The 30 children include siblings such as siblings, Sophia and Eddie who are full siblings and are happy children. They are very close and enjoy playing together. Sophia is seven years old and Eddie is just five years old. Sophia and Eddie also have many friends at school and are very sociable children. Their general health is good and there are no concerns regarding their development.
*Names have been changed to protect the children’s identities.
A Happy Ending
Joanne,* single adopter shared “I adopted my daughter when she was 4. The adoption team at Barking and Dagenham were very welcoming. I was open minded and wanted to find out if I was right for adoption and adoption was right for me.
“As a single adopter I found that there were more couples than singles at the adoption workshops but I expected this and never felt discriminated against. I have to sing the team’s praises as my little girl was a great match. For me adoption has been a very good experience.”
*The adopter’s name has been changed for privacy
The upcoming event will be held on:
Saturday 5 July 2014, 2pm to 4pm, Broadway Theatre, Barking, IG11 7LS
For information about adoption or to reserve your place at this event please call 020 8227 5555. To apply or find out about future information events please visit www.lbbd.gov.uk/adoption