This year’s National Adoption Week will run from 17 to 23 October.
In the meantime, why not check out your local regional adoption agency? Since 2017, adoption services in Swindon have been provided by Adopt Thames Valley (ATV), a shared service across seven local authorities.
Caroline, a team manager with ATV, is eager to make it clear that adoption is a viable option for a wide variety of people.
She said: “Children come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and we are keen to reach out to prospective adopters who are able to provide a safe, stable and loving environment for a child.
“We invite people from all walks of life to adopt - including single adopters, members of the LGBTQ+ community and people from all cultures and backgrounds.”
As part of the six-month assessment process prospective adopters attend a three-day adoption preparation course and work closely with an experienced social worker who will help them to agree the type of child who would suit them and identify a potential match.
Once matched with a child, the support doesn’t end there. ATV has a dedicated Permanence Support team who are there to provide advice should it be needed. The service includes a helpline, access to therapeutic support, training and social events.
To find out more, call 0800 731 0171 or visit the Adopt Thames Valley website - adoptthamesvalley.co.uk