Twit­ter Q&A on adop­tion ad­vice

Rutherglen Reformer - - Green Fingers - Dou­glas Dickie

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil are host­ing a Twit­ter ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion this week for par­ents who might be think­ing about adop­tion.

Par­ents in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang with a Twit­ter ac­count can tweet @ South­LanCoun­cil and a trained so­cial worker from the fam­ily place­ment team will be on hand to an­swer ques­tions.

Some­one who has al­ready been adopted will also be in­volved in the chat.

The au­thor­ity will be us­ing the hashtag #SLCFind40 for res­i­dents to fol­low the con­ver­sa­tion.

A coun­cil spokesper­son said:“We wel­come en­quiries from sin­gle peo­ple, fam­i­lies who have chil­dren of their own, or do not, or mar­ried cou­ples, civil part­ner­ship cou­ples or cou­ples who have been liv­ing to­gether for two years or more.

“All ap­pli­cants must be 21 years old and should be able to par­ent a child un­til they reach age of in­de­pen­dence.

“There should not nor­mally be an age gap of more than 45 years be­tween the chil­dren and younger ap­pli­cant.

“We can’t take ap­pli­ca­tions if you are un­der­go­ing any form of in­fer­til­ity treat­ment or are on a wait­ing list for treat­ment.

“Smokers can’t adopt chil­dren un­der the age of five, or chil­dren with res­pi­ra­tory prob­lems, or dis­abil­i­ties.

“When we re­ceive your en­quiry form a so­cial worker will get in touch with you to ar­range a home visit.”

More in­for­ma­tion is on the adop­tion sec­tion of the South La­nark­shire web­site.

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