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Published 14 November 2017

Residents interested in adopting are being urged to visit local information stands for information on offering local children a permanent home.

To coincide with National Adoption Week 2017 – from Monday, November 20, to Saturday, 25 November – West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership (WD HSCP) staff will be manning information stands across West Dunbartonshire to encourage residents to consider adopting a child and providing them with the opportunity to get the care and support they need to develop and achieve their full potential.

Information stalls will be placed at key locations throughout National Adoption Week and staff will be available to answer any questions on the process and the benefits of offering a child a permanent home. 

Staff will also attend a national fostering and adoption event on 22 November in Glasgow offering a range of information on adoption. This event is suitable for anyone thinking of adoption, or those in the early or later stages of the process, or those who would like more information on the legal process and what support to expect after completing the adoption process.

WD HSCP currently has more than thirteen children in care looking for stable adoptive families.

WD HSCP, Chief Officer, Beth Culshaw, said: “People sometimes think they can’t adopt because of their personal circumstances however, these concerns are often unfounded and so we would encourage anyone with an interest in adoption to get in touch with us before ruling themselves out.”

She added: “We know that to give children the best start in life, they need stable and loving homes, along with care and support to grow into confident adults.

“I would ask our residents to please take the time to visit one of our information stalls and take the first step towards offering a permanent home those children who are unable to live with their birth families.

Convener of WD HSCP, Councillor Marie McNair knows there is no ‘one fits all’ as children have different needs however, the reward for adoptive carers of watching children blossom in their care, gives adopters immense pride. Once approved by the panel, carers are given full support and training to assist them in their new role.

Councillor McNair said: “I would encourage residents to visit one of our stalls to find out more about the adoption process and how rewarding it can be to open your home to a child who needs your support.”

She added: “Prospective adoptive parents can come from a variety of backgrounds and relationships, and do not need to have any specific qualifications. Residents do not need to own their own home and can be either single or in a stable relationship with a partner. There can be a variety of reasons why a child cannot return to their parents’ care and we are keen hear from people who would like more information and to offer a loving home to one of our children.”

Local information stalls will be held at:

Aurora House

Monday the 20 November 1.30pm-2.30pm

Clydebank Leisure Centre

Monday 20 November Clydebank Leisure Centre, 10am-1pm and 3pm-5pm

Loch Lomond Shores main entrance

Tuesday, 21 November 930am- 11.30am and 1.30pm-4.00pm

Meadow Centre – Dumbarton

Wednesday, 22 November 9.30am -1pm.

Adoption and Fostering Alliance Scotland Renfield St Stephens Centre, Glasgow

Wednesday, 22 November, 4.00pm-7.00pm 

To book a place at the Adoption and Fostering Alliance Scotland event please visit 

https://aws2017roadshowglasgow.eventbrite.co.uk Please register your interest by Monday, 20 November

Garshake Offices 

Thursday, 23 November 11am-12noon

 

For more information please contact the Fostering and Adoption Team on 01389 776413 or 01389 776414 or visit http://bit.ly/2zsfKmM to see the Fostering and Adoption information pack.