Adop­tion cam­paign hopes to find 40 fam­i­lies

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Forty fam­i­lies are be­ing sought across South La­nark­shire to adopt chil­dren in the area who can no longer live with their birth fam­i­lies.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil have launched a new cam­paign - Find 40 Fam­i­lies - which aims to place 40 chil­dren in lov­ing homes in the next 12 months.

Coun­cil­lor Lynsey Hamil­ton, de­pute chair­woman of so­cial work re­sources and mem­ber of the South La­nark­shire Fos­ter­ing and Adop­tion Panel, said: “I am de­lighted to sup­port this cam­paign which would mean that 40 ba­bies or chil­dren would be matched with their for­ever family in the next 12 months.

“Adop­tion is an op­tion for many dif­fer­ent family make-ups and in­deed for sin­gle peo­ple.

“There’s a myth that there are all sorts of bar­ri­ers to adop­tion and this is not the case.

“We aim to make the process as smooth as pos­si­ble for ap­pli­cants, with a view to en­sur­ing that chil­dren get their lov­ing home as quickly as pos­si­ble. And all you have to do to start the process is re­quest an in­for­ma­tion pack.”

The coun­cil is look­ing for en­quiries from sin­gle peo­ple, cou­ples, fam­i­lies who have chil­dren of their own, and same sex cou­ples who have been liv­ing to­gether for more than two years.

All ap­pli­cants must be over 21 years of age and should be able to par­ent a child un­til adult­hood.

Once peo­ple have re­ceived an in­for­ma­tion pack, a so­cial worker will ar­range a meet­ing to dis­cuss the process fur­ther and they will be re­quired to take part in prepara­tory groups, where po­ten­tial adopters will have an op­por­tu­nity to ask more ques­tions.

Those who de­cide to pro­ceed with adop­tion will then be as­signed a so­cial worker who will un­der­take an as­sess­ment, be­fore mak­ing a rec­om­men­da­tion to the adop­tion panel.

To get a pack, or for fur­ther de­tails, log on to the coun­cil’s web­site www. south­la­narskhire.gov.uk or call 0303 123 1008.

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