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West Sussex County Council is running a drop in session in Burgess Hill this month for people interested in adoption.

It takes place on Wednesday 27th June, from 10am to 4pm, at The Grattons Children and Family Centre, Royal George Road, Burgess Hill, RH15 9SL. The event offers people a chance to learn more about adoption in a friendly, informal environment.

Cabinet Member for Children and Families Peter Evans said: “The drop-in session is a chance to meet the County Council’s Adoption Team and ask questions and learn about what it takes to become an adoptive parent.”

Every child deserves a family to love them, and the County Council needs families interested in adoption to help make that happen.

There are currently 28 West Sussex children in foster care who are waiting to be adopted and for whom the Council’s Adoption Team are actively family finding at this time.

Peter added: “We really need more people from all walks of life to come forward to adopt these children, who are waiting to become part of someone’s family.

“If you’ve been considering offering a child a home in your family, but aren’t sure how the process works, or where to start, then please come along to this drop-in session to find out more.

“We specifically wish to meet with prospective adopters who are able to consider adopting older children, sibling groups, and young children with specific medical and developmental needs. We also very much welcome families from a wide range of different ethnic backgrounds coming forward.”

Earlier this year the County Council’s adoption service was judged as ‘good’ with some ‘outstanding’ features in an Ofsted inspection carried out at the end of January.

A total of 50 children from West Sussex were adopted in 2011 – 2012, the highest number since the County Council began to keep an annual record.

For further information contact 01403 229553 or visit the website at www.westsussex.gov.uk/adoption.

 

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