Children seeking adoptive families in Milton Keynes
Thursday 15 October 2020
Last year, Milton Keynes Council launched Adoption Connects, a new adoption service in partnership with Central Bedfordshire. This year, the dedicated adoption team is aiming to challenge myths and misconceptions about the adoption process and increase understanding about who is eligible to adopt.
A national report has shown that 60 per cent of people in the East of England don't feel like they know about the adoption process, with 35 per cent unsure if they're even eligible to adopt. The report was issued to coincide with National Adoption Week, which runs from 12 - 18 October.
Cllr Zoe Nolan, Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “Across Milton Keyes, we have five children and a sibling group waiting to find their forever family. This report highlights some of the common myths around adoption, and we want to address them so that more children are given the chance of finding a permanent home.
“I think the pandemic has made many people rethink what is important to them. There will be some great adoptive parents out there and we really want to hear from you. Your gender, relationship status, age, ethnicity or religion don’t matter. We want to speak to anyone over the age of 21 who feels they can offer a child a safe, loving and stable home.”
Since launch, Adoption Connects has supported, trained, and prepared 30 families to become adopters, placing more than 30 children with permanent families. The service has also supported over 100 families with advice and resources.
Adoption Connects offers a wide range of services from free training and e-learning, newsletters, advice and information through to financial support and regular social events. Over the next three months, virtual information sessions will enable potential adoptive parents to find out more about the process and dispel myths.
Notes to editors
A national campaign will continue to run during National Adoption Week, to encourage people to adopt. The #YouCanAdopt campaign is supported by the Department for Education.
The campaign will also aim to target potential parents from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds as these children traditionally wait longer to be matched with a new adoptive family. Older children, sibling groups and those with complex health needs and or a disability will often wait longer to be placed with an adoptive family.
To find out more, you can visit www.youcanadopt.co.uk
Children looked after in England including adoption: 2018 to 2019 - https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/children-looked- after-in-england-including-adoption-2018-to-2019