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Adopt a child - change a life


People who are interested in finding out more about adopting a child in Leeds are being invited to an information hub this weekend.




As part of National Adoption Week (5 to 11 November) Leeds City Council is holding an information drop-in event at The Light on The Headrow on Saturday 10 November between 10am and 3pm to spread the word about adopting and help people find out what it is really like.



Here in Leeds, many children are in need of adoption. In particular, Leeds City Council needs adopters who can give a home to brothers and sisters, children of mixed heritage, children with disabilities, babies from birth and very young children who may have future development needs.



Anyone interested in finding out more is invited to the drop-in event to speak to members of the council’s adoption team. Also on hand will be people who have already adopted who will be able to talk about what adopting a child is really like.



Councillor Judith Blake, Leeds City Council executive board member responsible for children’s services said:



“Adopting a child or children is a rewarding, challenging and unique experience and one that is open to all. What we want to underline is that anyone can adopt, there is often a misconception that only certain groups of people can apply. This couldn’t be further from the truth, what we need are people who have the commitment to make a real difference to a vulnerable child’s life.



“We need all kinds of people to be adopters, and are looking for people with a range of different skills and experience. Please don’t rule yourself out, come and talk to our adoption team – there might be a child in care who you would be the perfect adoptive parent for.”



You don’t have to be married or have a family to adopt - adopters can be single, married, divorced, remarried, without children of their own, or already have a family. The key necessity is that they provide a permanent, stable, secure and loving home. Adoptive parents are needed who reflect a wide range of backgrounds and circumstances.



People who adopt through Leeds City Council are offered ongoing training and support, from a whole team of adoption support workers. In Leeds a big emphasis is placed on finding the perfect ‘match’ by working closely with prospective adopters to combine their skills and experience and personalities to match children who need adopting.



Leeds City Council’s adoptive support has been rated as outstanding by Ofsted



As well as the drop-in session at The Light, there are also regular information evenings, held once a month at the South Leeds City Learning Centre, Gipsy Lane, LS11 5TT at 7:00pm - 8:30pm. The meetings will be held on the following dates:



20 November 2012

11 December

15 January 2013

19 February

5 March (this session is specifically aimed at gay/lesbian prospective adopters)

19 March

16 April

21 May

18 June

23 July

17 September

15 October

19 November

10 December



Visit Adopt4leeds.co.uk now for more information or call our dedicated adoption recruitment line on: 395 2072.



ENDS



For media enquiries, please contact:

Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council press office, on (0113) 2474713

Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk