FEATURE: Council launches adoption recruitment drive

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Calderdale Council is seeking more adopters to help house children who need loving homes across Calderdale.

It has launched a new campaign with the aim of trebling the number of adopters under the message “Adoption: Help them make it real”.

Calderdale Council’s Leader, Coun Tim Swift, said: “In Calderdale, at any one time we have around 40 children in need of a permanent, loving adoptive home and in recent years we have recruited and approved about 12 adoptive families each year. This means that many children need to be placed with families who live outside the area.

“Our aim is to treble that number to place more of our children with families in the local region, which will minimise the disruption for the child and also help us to more easily support the new family.

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“We are working hard to make sure that when people do make an enquiry, the path to becoming an adoptive parent is more streamlined whilst also making sure they receive all the information and preparation they need to support them.”

During the last week of August there will be a series of events where you can meet members of the adoption team face to face and discuss whether adopting is right for you.

They will be held at:

Brighouse (Commercial Street), Tuesday August 27, 11am to 1pm

Halifax (Southgate, outside the top entrance of the Borough Market), Wednesday August 28, 11am to 1pm

Todmorden (near the outdoor market), Thursday August 29, 11am to 1pm

Hebden Bridge (St George’s Square), Friday August 30, 11am to 1pm

The adoption team will also be giving information at the family fun day in West View Park, Halifax, on Saturday August 31, 12pm to 4pm. It’s free entry and as well as finding out more about adoption, there are also lots of fun activities for all the family.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, Coun Megan Swift said: “It doesn’t matter whether you’re married or single, if you have a disability, or what your class, race, culture or sexual orientation is. What matters most is that you’re determined to make a difference to a young person’s life.

“We have a very experienced adoption team who offer preparation training for all our adoptive families and work with them very closely throughout the assessment process and in considering the right child for their family. We also offer ongoing support with finances and care where and when it’s needed, ranging from support groups through to therapeutic support.”

Anyone who is interested in adoption should visit calderdale.gov.uk or contact the council on 0845 245 6000.