Could you provide a child in Surrey with a new family?
Published: 29 September 2020
Find out and take the first steps to adoption
A nationwide recruitment campaign to raise awareness of adoption was launched last week.
The new #YouCanAdopt campaign will bust myths around who is eligible to adopt and explore the adoption process, as well as highlight that especially during the COVID pandemic, there are still children out there who are looking for their new family.
With 43% of people admitting they do not know if they are eligible to adopt and 32% thinking they wouldn't be able to, the new campaign aims to increase the number of people taking the first steps towards adopting a child.
There are currently 20 Surrey children who are waiting to join a permanent family. All are aged five or under, and there are a number of sibling groups.
Suzanne Chambers, Head of Recruitment at Adoption South East, which covers the Surrey area, says: "The adoption process has evolved over the last few years; it is simpler and quicker than it has been previously and there is a lot more support available with over three quarters of adoptive parents finding the support and resources helpful."
Michael Wilson, Head of Service at Adoption South East, added: "The future of many children depends on adults exploring adoption and taking the first step towards becoming an adoptive parent. We need to address misunderstandings and outdated views to ensure that nobody is discouraged from taking the first important step towards adopting a child. Some people may also be worried about adopting in the current climate, but there are children waiting to be adopted, and systems and support in place to ensure that assessments and preparation can be conducted safely."
Visit Adoption South East website for more information about adopting a child.
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