Staff at the Western Trust have thrown their weight behind National Adoption Week which kickstarts tomorrow.
This year the Trust are recognising and celebrating the ‘forever families’ they’ve brought together over the years in the Trust area. They want to inspire more people to come forward.
National Adoption Week is organised by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) and aims to raise awareness of adoption and encourage potential parents to come forward. There are an estimated 4,000 children across the UK needing adoption every year, many of whom will have suffered trauma in their short lives.
Pat Armstrong, Head of Fostering and Adoption Services for the Western Trust said: “Adoption is a lifelong commitment where adopters become the child’s legal parents with the same rights and responsibilities as if the child was born to them.
“The process of becoming an adoptive parent is intense. However, this shouldn’t put anyone off considering it. It is the most emotional thing you will ever do but ultimately it leads to the most rewarding type of parenting. Adoption gives children and their adoptive parents an entire new meaning to life and love.”
Pat Armstrong continued: “We are delighted to be supporting National Adoption Week. It is important to celebrate the success of the Western Trust’s Adoption team to date in providing countless children with loving homes. We would be keen to hear from anyone who can provide a substitute family for children with different needs, ranging in ages.”
The Western Trust Adoption Team has organised two information sessions to take place on Friday November 8 at 2pm in Da Vinci’s Hotel. The Western Trust is encouraging people to come along to these information sessions to find out more about becoming an adoptive parent. it the Regional Adoption and Fostering website on www.adoptionandfostering.hscni.net for support in considering adoption or fostering. You can download information packs, read profiles of children waiting for a home and read how adoption has made a lasting difference to some young people. If you would like to find out more about adoption, please contact the local Western Trust Adoption Team for Limavady, Derry and Strabane
by telephoning Roisin Lynch, Social Work Manager Adoption on(028) 7131 4226