Bolton Council is calling for more people in the borough to provide children with a loving home.
With the number of children in need of adoptive homes increasing regionally, Bolton needs more potential new parents.
The council is looking to place young children who may have some developmental uncertainty, older children up to ten years old, sibling groups, children with disabilities, and children from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds. Support is available to adopters via regular support groups, training or work with individual families.
Applications are welcome from all areas of the community, and people from many different backgrounds can adopt. There are no requirements in terms of marital status, single people unmarried couples, and those in same sex relationships may apply.
Applicants must be over 21 years old, and active enough to care for a child and to support them through to adult life.
During National Adoption Week, which runs from Monday, October 31 until Friday, November 4, drop-in sessions will be held in the borough for prospective adoptive parents.
These will take place at Castle Hill Training Centre, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, from 9.30am until 4pm. Please ask at reception to speak to one of our experienced adoption team members, or if you prefer, phone ahead and book an appointment.
We are also holding an open evening at the Castle Hill Centre on Wednesday 2 November from 6.30 – 8.30pm, and the Market Place Shopping Centre will host a session from noon until 4pm on Thursday 3 November.
Bolton Council’s Children’s Champion, Councillor Madeline Murray, said: “By adopting, parents could give a loving home to a child or sibling group, who for many reasons, can no longer be brought up by their birth parents.
“Many adoptive children will have experienced a lack of care, and caring for them in a new environment may not always be easy, but is extremely rewarding.
“We understand the decision to adopt is not taken lightly and this is reflected in the support we provide for our adopters.”
If you would like to find out more please visit the council's Adoption Team web page via the link on the right hand side.