The Western Health and Social Care Trust (Western Trust) is supporting National Adoption Week (October 19-25).
The Western Trust is supporting the initiative by highlighting the need for adoptive placements for children in need of families for life. The theme for this year’s National Adoption Week is ‘Too old at 4?’ which aims to promote the importance of adopting an older child who requires permanency by way of adoption.
The Western Trust is also looking to recruit adoptive parents who could provide a family to children with disabilities and sibling groups where one of the children could be older than four years of age.
Catherine McKevitt, Western Trust Service Manager Adoption and Permanency Team said: “An information event has been organised on November 9, 2015 at 11am in the Doctors’ Library, Postgraduate Centre, Tyrone County Hospital, Omagh and we would encourage people to come along to find out more about becoming an adoptive parent.
“Many adoptive parents have found taking this first step the hardest and this session will provide people with information about the process and children available for adoption. Adoption and Permanency Social workers will be on hand to answer any questions people may have about adoption.”
She added: “The world of adoption is changing and for some children, temporary care is needed until it is possible for them to be returned to their families. For children who may be unable to return to their families we are looking to recruit concurrent carers.
“A new pilot project titled ‘Home on Time (HOT)’ is an innovative concurrent care scheme which aims to speed up the process for young looked after children to either return home to their parents, or to be adopted by their carers.”
If you would like to find out more about adoption, please contact the Western Trust Adoption Team on: Limavady, Derry and Strabane area: Roisin Lynch; Social Work Manager Adoption; Tel: (028) 7131 4226 or email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit the Regional Adoption and Fostering website on www.adoptionandfostering.hscni.net or telephone 0800 0720 137 for more information and support in considering adoption or fostering. You can also download information packs, read profiles of children waiting for a home and read how adoption has made a lasting difference to some young people.