Wakefield Council backs National Adoption Week

Date: 29/10/2014

Wakefield Council is backing National Adoption Week, (November 3 - 9) which is encouraging more people to come forward to give a child a loving and permanent home.

Across the district, as many as 20 children and young people are in need of a new home because they can't live with their birth family.

Last year a total of 25 children were adopted by 24 adopters via Wakefield Council's adoption service.

Cllr Olivia Rowley, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "Adoption is a fantastic way to create a family. With more children than ever entering the care system, there is a continued need for adoptive parents

"Adoption is hugely rewarding and I would urge anyone who has been thinking about it, to go along to one of our drop-in events, meet social workers and people who have adopted and find out more."

Adopters don't need to be married, in a relationship, or in paid employment. They do need to be able to provide a loving and secure home to a baby, child, or young person.

Wakefield Council is holding a number of events to encourage prospective adopters to find out more.

Informal drop in sessions are taking place, with no appointment is necessary, on:

Tuesday, 4 November 2014: Castleford Civic Centre, Legioleum Room, Ferrybridge Road, Castleford, WF10 4JH, 3.00pm – 6.30pm. Or on Friday, 7 November 2014: Pugneys Park, Asdale Road, Off Denby Dale Road, Wakefield, WF2 7EQ 10.00 am -12.00 noon.

Further information can also be found on our website www.wakefield.gov.uk/mynewfamily

The Council also holds monthly drop- in- sessions which are held every third Thursday of the month between 4.30pm and 6.30pm at Wakefield Council Office, Caldervale Road, Wakefield, WF1 5PH.

Alternatively you can contact Wakefield Council on 0800 197 0320 to register your interest or visit our Fostering and Adoption stand which will be out and about at the following venues.

  • Toys R Us , Junction 27, Birstall, Leeds – Saturday - 1 November 2014 – 9.00am – 2.00pm
  • Junction 32 Outlet Village, Castleford- Saturday – 8 November 2014 – 10am – 2.00pm