Council on the hunt for adoptive parents

Myths surrounding adoption are being dispelled by the council as they issue an appeal for more adoptive parents to come forward.

To mark National Adoption Week – from November 4 to November 10 – Derbyshire County Council is setting the record straight about who can adopt.

A spokesperson for the authority said: “There are lots of myths around adopting that may have stopped you from taking the first step but Derbyshire County Council welcomes adoptive parents from every background, relationship status and culture.”

These include single parents or gay couples, unemployed people and those on low incomes, people living in rental property and those with disabilities. The council also said there is no upper age limit.

Councillor Kevin Gillott, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for children and young people, said: “There are around 630 children in care in Derbyshire and they all need a place to call home.

“For many children in care, the best way of making sure they have a secure future and a loving home is for them to be adopted.

“The adoption process is very thorough and takes a close look at you, your home and your family.

“It can take up to six months to complete but you’ll have full support all the way through.”

Adoptive parents need to be aged over 21 and legally resident in the UK for at least 12 months.

It is important that people are fit, healthy and energetic enough to provide a child with a home for their childhood and beyond.

They also need to be flexible enough to adapt to the needs of a child who may have experienced significant trauma.

For more information on adoption opportunities, call 0800 083 7744.

Alternatively, you can visit Derbyshire County Council’s website www.derbyshire.gov.uk/adoptionandfostering