A fresh appeal has been made for more people in Hartlepool to think about adopting children to help support some of the most vulnerable young people in the area.
Stockton Council’s Adoption team is hosting an information evening this Tuesday 19 May at the Stranton Children’s Centre on Southburn Terrace in Hartlepool for people to drop-in anytime between 6pm and 8pm to find out about the process and the support available.
There are around 380 children and young people across Stockton on Tees who, for various reasons, cannot live with their birth families and need to be looked after. Many children who need to be adopted are placed outside of Stockton and are waiting for permanent families in other areas of the Tees Valley such as Hartlepool.
The Council is looking for people from across the North East and North Yorkshire to consider adoption and particularly adopting groups of brothers and sisters, as these are the children who are waiting the longest to find their ‘forever families’.
Many people rule themselves out of adoption before even making an enquiry. In fact, there is no upper age limit to adopt, you can be of any age. You can also be single or divorced, gay or lesbian, employed or unemployed, and a homeowner or tenant. Other factors such as ethnicity and religion do not prevent you from adopting.
Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Councillor Ann McCoy, said: “Children and young people come into care for a wide range of reasons but all come needing professional and compassionate support.
“Our adopters are inspirational people who come from all walks of life but who most importantly offer loving homes to some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children. Many say it’s the best thing they’ve ever done, however we urgently need more people to think about adopting and we’d encourage people to make an enquiry with the Council or come along to our event.”
To book a place at the event or if you would like more information about adoption or fostering, call Stockton Council’s Child Placement team on 01642 526218 or visit www.stockton.gov.uk/adoption