Archive for November 8, 2012

#NAW2012 – National Adoption Week 5th – 11th November 2012

Earlier this week I heard on the radio that this is National Adoption Week here, and as adoption is something which is particularly close to my heart, I wanted to highlight this in my blog.

One of the main things which made me want to blog about this is, that on the radio they mentioned that so many people rule themselves out of adoption before even starting going through the adoption process, simply because they assume they wouldn’t be accepted as potential adopters.

There are 10 steps to adopting:

  1. Apply
  2. Attend an open day / Join preparation course
  3. Assessment
  4. Adoption panel
  5. Link with a child(ren)
  6. Match with a child(ren)
  7. Meet the child(ren)
  8. Move in
  9. Make adoption legal
  10. Live together

That may all sound quite daunting, but from the minute you express an interest in adopting, you will be given support and information, helping make this process as smooth as possible. There are so many children who are in need of the love and support a stable family life can offer them, so please, if you are able, please seriously consider adoption.

For those of you currently going through the process of adoption, I’d like to wish you all the best, and say thank you for putting yourself forward to adopt.

For those of you who have already adopted a child/children, I’d like to say a big thank you.

On behalf of all children in need of a loving family, I’d like to ask you to consider whether you could give a child/children a loving and supportive environment to grow.

So if you’re interested or want more details about adoption, please count yourself in right from the start…give a child, and yourself, a chance of having a loving family, and contact your local authority adoption team or an approved voluntary adoption agency (use the BAAF agency directory).

Go on rule yourself in for adopting!

You can get more information about #NAW2012 at the NAW website: www.nationaladoptionweek.org.uk