Begin your adoption journey throughout National Adoption Week

Barnsley Council is proud to be supporting National Adoption Week, which will run from Monday 14 to Sunday 20 October. The week aims to address common myths about who can adopt and raise awareness about children who wait the longest for a loving home.

Throughout National Adoption Week, daily information sessions will be held by the adoption team at Barnsley Town Hall. It's an excellent opportunity for residents to ask questions and hear first-hand about the training and support available on the following dates:

Monday 14 October, 10am to 2pm, Room 2

Tuesday 15 October, 1.30pm to 5pm, Reception Room

Wednesday 16 October, 6.30pm to 8pm, Reception Room

Thursday 17 October, 1pm to 5pm, Room 2

Friday 18 October, 9.30am to 1.30pm, Room 3

Children who need adopting are all very different but what they all have in common is the desire to be loved by a new family. Adoption wouldn't be possible without compassionate people coming forward to provide a supportive and loving home to change the life of a child.

Residents who are considering adoption are encouraged to complete an application regardless of their marital status, race, disability, sexuality or gender. It doesn't matter whether they are employed, own their own house, already have children or are unable to have children - as long as they are over the age of 21, can provide a bedroom and cover the living costs of the child.

Cllr Margaret Bruff, Cabinet Spokesperson for People (Safeguarding), said: "We need adoptive parents from all backgrounds who are compassionate, resilient and willing to give a child a safe and stable home through to adulthood but, more importantly, a loving family for life to help them flourish.

"If you're considering adopting, I would encourage you to come along to one of our information session to meet our excellent adoption team and begin a journey for yourself and the child whose life you will change."

For more information, visit our adoption page, contact the team on 01226775875, email adoption@barnsley.gov.uk, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. You can follow National Adoption Week on social media using the hashtags #NAW2019 and #SupportAdoption.

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