The informal sessions run by Northumberland County Council are designed to provide information about the adoption process and the different types of foster care that can be offered to children and young people in the local community.
During each session those attending will be given the opportunity to speak to Northumberland adoptive parents or foster carers to find out about the challenges and rewards.
Caroline Matthews, marketing and recruitment officer, from Northumberland County Council, said: “We’ve already had over 70 people attend sessions this year. Many more, that can’t make the group sessions, get in touch for a one to one discussion about their options. We still need more people to come forward to help our children and young people.
“We run two separate programmes for fostering and adoption as they are very different ways of providing help to local children and young people. We are pleased to say that the sessions have resulted in very positive feedback from the public and firm enquiries for both teams.
The sessions are run in different parts of the community, to give local residents a chance to meet the team and the ‘real people’ that are involved in fostering or adoption. We aim to give them a sense of the, Ofsted rated, ‘Outstanding’ Children’s Services team that they will be joining; the high levels of support that they will receive, and what it means to our children and young people in Northumberland.”
The next 2012 adoption information event:
28 November in Morpeth
The next 2012 fostering information events:
11 October in Blyth
6 December in Hexham
We are especially interested in hearing from people who are looking to adopt children aged three years and older, or who are keen to learn more about the rewards of fostering teenagers, sibling groups and longer term fostering for children aged seven years and older.