27
March
2013
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Leeds children urgently need adopters – could it be you?


Loving homes are urgently needed for children across Leeds



Hundreds of children in care across the city are currently waiting for a loving family to care for them and help them grow up in a happy, stable and nurturing home.



Leeds City Council is urgently looking for people to adopt children aged mainly under four, but also for sibling groups and children with mixed ethnicity. These children come from a range of backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common: they need a secure home, patience, understanding and loving kindness from someone they can trust.



Leeds City Council is the largest adoption service in the north, providing for around 170 children in need of permanent adoptive homes. Our adoption support team is rated by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’ and has expertise in all the current adoption theory, knowledge and research.



Councillor Judith Blake, 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 – you might be the perfect parent for a child in care.”



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. Leeds especially needs parents for children of mixed or duel heritage.



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.



There are regular information evenings where people can find out more about becoming an adopter which are held once a month at the South Leeds City Learning Centre, Gipsy Lane, LS11 5TT at 7:00pm. These will be held on the following dates:

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: 0113 395 2072.



ENDS

For media enquiries, please contact:

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

Email: emma.whittell@leeds.gov.uk