Council seeks adopters for youngsters

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AN APPEAL is being made for more adopters to come forward.

As part of National Adoption Week, North Tyneside Council is looking for permanent homes for 11 local children, aged between three and eight.

Many of the children have experienced trauma and uncertainty, and it is hoped that adoption will finally give them the chance to experience a stable, secure and loving upbringing.

Adopters can come from all walks of life and backgrounds, and the council is particularly keen to address any misconceptions that you need to be young, or part of a couple, to adopt. In fact many of the adopters recently recruited by the council are single people.

Fostering and adoption manager Paula Gibbons said: “We’re looking for people who can be tolerant, patient and flexible and who can offer a warm, loving, stable and secure permanent home for a child. Applicants are judged by how well they can meet those criteria, rather than other factors like age, marital status or background.

“The most important thing for us is finding a suitable, long-term family for a child that will work for both the child and the adopter.

“All potential adopters, no matter what their circumstances, are always carefully assessed so that we’re certain they are ready for the life-long responsibilities that come with adoption, but we are committed to making that assessment process as smooth and speedy as possible.”

Once a child is placed, adopters can continue to receive support and training for as long as they feel they need it.

To find out more, call North Tyneside Council’s Adoption Service on (0191) 6432545 or email mary.pidcock@northtyneside.gov.uk