Adoption service celebrates first anniversary

Barnardo’s Scotland Adoption Placement Service is celebrating its 1st anniversary. The launch of the service took place during national adoption week and was celebrated at an event at the Scottish Parliament one year ago.

The charity launched the service as it was all too aware of the growing number of children living in foster and residential care waiting to be part of a loving family.

Over the past year the service has been working tirelessly to recruit adoptive families, and their efforts have proved to be very successful.

Since November 2011 three families have been approved in North Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Stirling and are in the process of being linked with children. One new adoptive family said: “We are really excited and looking forward to becoming a family with children.”

A further seven families from Edinburgh, Stirling, Highland, Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, Glasgow and Perthshire are currently going through the assessment process.

The service has delivered a number of adoption training courses throughout the year for those families seeking more advice. The feedback from the courses has been very positive, one family commenting ‘An important introduction to the unique challenges around adoption” and another’s feedback “Really opened our eyes, although challenging, has really helped us come to the decision that we would like to proceed with adoption.”

Stephanie Stone, Assistant Director of Fostering and Adoption for Barnardo’s Scotland said: “We have been impressed by the commitment of the families coming forward to adopt, and very happy with the number of families who have been approved as adopters. We look forward to welcoming another seven families as they approach the end of their assessment. Three confirmed adoptive families and seven families in the assessment process may not sound a lot, but in terms of the work we do, we are more than happy with the result. Our first year has been a recruitment success.

“However, we still need more families to come forward because there are a lot of very young children from chaotic backgrounds who need and deserve adoptive families.”

Barnardo’s Scotland hope that by working in partnership with other adoption agencies in Scotland the charity will be able to increase the opportunities for children to be placed with loving caring adoptive families.

For those looking to find out more about adopting Barnardo’s Scotland is holding adoption information meetings during November, the events last for two hours, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, on the following dates and venues.

19th November – Festival Business Centre Unit G, 150 Brand St, Glasgow 0141 427 3690

28th November – 20 Carden Place, Aberdeen 01224 624 090

29th November – 6 Torphichen St, Edinburgh 0131 228 4121

Whether you want to make an initial enquiry, to take a child into your family for the first time or extend your existing family by adopting, please make the call, contact us to find out more about adopting with Barnardo’s Scotland, phone 0800 0277 280 or go online at www.barnardos.org.uk/adoption for more information about adoption allowances, pensions and insurance.