Anyone who wants to find out more about adopting a child is invited to join Adopt South at the Ageas Bowl on 25 and 27 April.
In addition to the opportunity to talk to parents who have already adopted about their experiences, professionals from Adopt South will be on hand with information and advice. People will be able to find out what is involved in adopting a child and the immediate and long-term support that is available.
Head of Adopt South, Rachel Reynolds, said:
The reasons why any one child cannot live with his or her birth family can be varied and are often complex, but we know that the overwhelming majority of children who are adopted go on to have stability in their lives, leading to positive futures. Those who adopt a child equally reap the benefits of seeing a child flourish and thrive and, in turn, be loved for the rest of their lives. The decision is life-changing on both sides, in a very good way.
Adopters are needed for children of all ages – from babies right through to children of school age – especially for sibling groups and children with medical needs.
To attend the events, people can drop in to the Ageas Bowl (Botley Road, West End, Hampshire SO30 3XH) during the following times – there is no need to book:
- 5pm to 8pm on Thursday 25 April 2019
- 10am to 2pm on Saturday 27 April 2019
Adopt South will be holding similar events across the county and on the Isle of Wight over the coming months. Further details will be publicised as soon as dates are confirmed. Anyone who is considering adoption but cannot attend one of the Adopt South events, can go online to www.adoptsouth.org.uk or call 0300 3000 011.
Adoption agencies aim to ensure that children who are unable to live with their birth family are placed with an adopted family for life at the earliest opportunity, but this can only be made possible if people step forward to adopt.