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Potential adoptive families sought in North Ayrshire

Posted on 20 Nov 2017

Residents across North Ayrshire are being urged to consider adoption in order give some of area’s most vulnerable youngsters a loving and stable home.

To coincide with National Adoption Week 2017 - which is running between Monday, November 20, and Sunday, November 26 - people from all walks of life are being encouraged to provide a child with the opportunity to get the care and support they need to develop and achieve their full potential.

Currently, there are over 100 children being cared for by North Ayrshire foster carers and some of these are urgently looking for adoptive families.

The children who are urgently in need of a new adoptive family are aged between two and five-years-old, with some sibling groups as well as single children.  Some may have suffered some degree of neglect or physical and emotional abuse as well as separation from their birth family.

All children have different needs and therefore require different approaches however, the reward of watching children grow while under their care, gives adopters an unrivalled feeling of immense pride.

Prospective adoptive parents can come from a variety of backgrounds and relationships. You do not need to own your home and can be either single or in a stable relationship with a partner.

Adopters with North Ayrshire Council have been full of praise for the help and guidance they have received while going through the process – and have also seen their lives transformed for the better after successfully adopting.  Adopters have highlighted the benefit of the ongoing support that they receive after adoption.

Councillor Robert Foster, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “People sometimes think they can’t adopt because of their circumstances however, these concerns are often unfounded and so we would encourage all people who have an interest in adoption to get in touch with us before ruling themselves out.

“We know that to give children the best start in life, they need stable and loving homes.

“Adopters have the chance to give those children who are unable to live with their own families the permanent care and support they need. 

“If you think you can make a difference, please get in touch.”

If you are interested in finding out more about adoption, North Ayrshire Council’s dedicated Family Placement Team can be contacted either over the phone or through its website.  They always encourage people to get in touch and ask any questions that they might have, even if it’s just to explore the possibility. 

If you are interested, please phone 01294 311505, email adfos-enquiry@north-ayrshire.gov.uk or visit www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/adfos