27 October 2014

Northamptonshire County Council is inviting prospective adopters to consider whether they could offer a loving home to one of the 53 vulnerable children in the county waiting to be adopted.

Next week is National Adoption Week (November 3-9) and the council’s adoption team has introduced a new secure website for people who have successfully applied to be adopters to make it easier than ever to match them with the right child.

What does the new website offer?

The website features details of children who are currently on the adoption list, including information about their personalities and photographs.

Only people who have been approved through the council’s thorough application process will be able to access this secure website.

Cllr Heather Smith, deputy leader and cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Every child deserves to have a loving home with parents who care for them, and this National Adoption Week we’re asking people to consider whether they could offer that to one of our vulnerable children in Northamptonshire.

“These are youngsters who, for a variety of reasons, can no longer remain with their birth family. But they all deserve a chance at a happy home life.

“Our new adoption website has been introduced to match approved prospective adopters with the right child as part of a safe and secure process.

“Only adopters who have been approved through our thorough application process will be available to access the secure website to find out more about the children and young people in Northamptonshire currently looking for a home.

“The introduction of this website will make the process of matching a child with adoptive parents faster and more rewarding for everyone involved.”

Who is eligible to adopt?

Adopters have to be over the age of 21. There is no legal upper age limit, although adopters need to be able to provide a stable home for a child until adulthood and beyond. Adopters can be single, married or co-habiting as a same sex or heterosexual couple.

Adoptive parents will benefit from a range of support services including peer support groups, a dedicated phone line and support for adopted children.

An open evening where prospective adopters can find out more will be held at John Dryden House in Northampton on Wednesday 5th November from 6pm.

To find out more about adoption, visit www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/adoption, where you can read more about what it's like to become an adoptive family.