Lambeth council is launching a range of activity, including events and a major TV, online and newspaper advertising campaign, aimed at doubling the number of adoptions.
In the past year approximately 20 children were adopted in Lambeth. The council is aiming to double this to 40 children adopted next year. 3000 children are adopted across the country annually.
Next week Lambeth council will host a National Adoption Week event on Tuesday 6th November. The event will give people the chance to speak directly to adoption professionals and meet parents who have adopted children. The adoption event will take place at Lambeth Town Hall in Brixton between 6.30pm and 8pm. For further details please text ADOPTION followed by your name to 88010 or go to: http://www.thesouthlondonadoptionconsortium.org.uk/
Further details of the adoption advertising campaign will be announced on Friday 2nd November.
Councillor Rachel Heywood, Cabinet member for Children and Families said, “Adopting can literally transform a child’s life, giving them a loving family and a chance to fulfil their potential. It’s one of the most important and rewarding decisions you could ever take. Over the coming days we’ll be launching a series of groundbreaking initiatives to increase the number of children who are adopted in Lambeth.”
Debbie Jones, Executive Director of Lambeth’s Children and Young people’s service said: “We are working hard to ensure more children are adopted in Lambeth so that they are able to grow up in loving and secure homes. If more people could see the incredible difference adopting a child can make then I’m sure we would see more adoptions. That’s why we’re going to be using National Adoption Week as an opportunity to speak directly to hundreds of thousands of potential adopters.”
Jane Tilton, from the South London Adoption Consortium said, “The Adoption Consortium consists of adoption agencies in South London who are committed to working together to provide support and encouragement for adoptive parents while they adopt.”