This year National Adoption Week is taking place from 3rd-9th November to raise awareness and encourage Britons across the UK to adopt.
Blackpool Council’s Adoption Services are getting involved by holding two special events in the area to offer advice and information to prospective adopters, and Gordon is behind the cause the whole way.
He said: “I have always believed strongly that adoption can be a key route to successful parenting and families, and not least here in Blackpool.
“Adoptive parents do a wonderful job, looking after children, who in some cases through no fault of their own have a very difficult start in life.”
However he added that more needs to be done to ensure adopters across the region have greater support and the MP is calling on the government for further backing for local communities.
He added: “It’s important that parents who choose to adopt are given the same parental rights and support as birth parents. As the MP for Blackpool South, I have regularly made the case for much greater support for this and that includes grandparents who may formally adopt.”
People across the region are being invited to come along and find out more about the adoption process, as well as get the chance to speak to real life adopters to hear about their thoughts and experiences.
Dates for your diary during National Adoption Week include
When: Tuesday 4th November 2014
Time: 5.30 - 7.30pm
Where: The Solaris Centre, New South Promenade - Harrowside, Blackpool FY4 1RW
Adoption Week Open Event with Special Guest Adopters
When: Thursday 6th November 2014
Time: 3.00 - 7.30pm
Where: Hilton Hotel, North Promenade Sea Front, Blackpool FY1 2JQ.
Blackpool Council Adoption Agency has been operating since 1998 when it became a unitary authority. Over the past 5 years they have placed over 160 children in loving adoptive families.
The oldest child placed has been aged 9 and the youngest under 12 months; and in the last 6 months alone the Adoption team has been able to keep six groups of brothers and sisters together.
Blackpool Council Adoption Services have assisted many prospective parents throughout Lancashire and the North West with their adoption journey, creating a happy, stable and permanent environment for an large number of children waiting to find their forever families.
Every year around 4000 children in the UK need a new home and Blackpool Council Adoption Services actively recruit within a 50 mile radius of Blackpool including Preston, Blackburn, Burnley and the whole Lancashire region.
So come down to one of the events during National Adoption Week to speak to one of our friendly and experienced social workers or get in touch via our website at www.adoptwithblackpool.com.
Alternatively, please call the Adoption team today on 01253 477888 to request an information pack.
What is National Adoption Week?