20 Mar 2018

Children and Young People

Bristol Adoption Service celebrates National Big Adoption Day

Bristol City Council’s Adoption Service is celebrating this year’s Big Adoption Day by holding a drop in event at City Hall on Wednesday 21 March.

Anyone interested in adoption now or for the future is welcome to attend this event and speak to members of the team about what is involved.

From 9.30am to 1pm potential adopters can drop in to City Hall and speak to members of the adoption team and pick up information to help them on their adoption journey.

There are over 700 children in care in Bristol. Many are part of a sibling group or are older children (over three-years-old) or have complex needs. These are the children who wait longest for adoption.

The council is calling on potential adopters to consider providing a “forever home” to these children and making that first step by attending the event at City Hall.

Greg and Susie adopted their son recently and said: “Mikky is now 23 months old and a joy to parent. Like every other toddler, he can be challenging, stubborn and mischievous, however he is growing into a handsome, well balanced and happy child who we love unconditionally. Our lives have changed for the better and we look forward and are excited about our future as a family.”

There are also opportunities for Early Permanence carers who first foster a young child, often straight from hospital and then go on to adopt that child, if it cannot return to their family.

Councillor Helen Godwin, Cabinet Member for Women, Children and Families, said: “With so many children in care waiting for a forever home, it is incredibly important that we continue to do whatever we can to raise awareness of the ongoing need for adopters. Potential adopters can be single, married or in a relationship, including a civil partnership or same-sex relationship, but must be at least 21-years-old. The important thing is that you can provide a loving and caring home for a vulnerable child.”

If you are interested in finding out more visit www.bristol.gov.uk/adoption or call on 0117 353 4200.