What does it take to become an adoptive parent?

To coincide with National Adoption Week (14-21 October), the County Council has launched its new online Adoption Ready tool that lets people considering adoption find out exactly what's required.

In Bucks there are 22 children waiting for adoption because, for different reasons, their birth families are unable to care for them. Many have had a difficult start in life and they need a loving, stable home where they can grow up safe and secure.

Being an adoptive parent can be challenging but also brings great rewards. However, people willing to take on this special role often worry that some aspect of their lifestyle or life history means they might be deemed unsuitable. This is rarely the case.

Collaboratively designed with adopters and staff, Adoption Ready provides clear, honest and practical advice in a format that reflects the needs and concerns of potential adopters. By answering a series of simple questions, users can check whether their particular circumstances make them eligible for adoption, and lets them go on to create a personalised readiness plan with practical things they can do to prepare to adopt.

With the knowledge and assurance provided by Adoption Ready, prospective adopters can feel more confident in attending an adoption information evening. These sessions are held once a month, and offer the opportunity for people to meet the Bucks Adoption Service team and hear the experience of other adopters.

The Adoption Ready tool and details of adoption information evenings can be found on the adoption pages of the website

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