Bournemouth Council's adoption service will take centre stage as they are featured in a new ITV series tonight.
The four part documentary called 'Wanted: A Family of My Own' will be shown on ITV on Thursdays at 9pm.
The series will record the journeys of those wanting to adopt children as well as children who cannot live with their birth families.
The first programme follows Dan and Ania's story who approached Bournemouth adoption service about their wish to adopt a child.
The programme follows their journey including through their assessment by a social worker, through to her efforts in finding the right child to adopt.
Later, the programme follows Bournemouth adoption social worker Jess and her efforts to find a family for a child with multiple health needs.
It has been an interesting time for our award winning adoption service as they have risen to the challenge of carrying on with their service whilst playing host to camera teams visiting and recording their everyday work. We have been delighted at the sensitivity of the production company and also impressed with their knowledge and understanding of the adoption process. This has been key to the successful making of this programme and the result is a very sensitive and at times emotional portrayal of the work of our Children’s Social Care service and how it changes lives.”
– Kim Drake, Service Director for Children’s Social Care
West Sussex County Council's adoption service is holding a special open evening in Billingshurst.
The evening will give people a chance to think more about adoption and find out more about what it involves.
The event will take place on Tuesday 12th November from 7pm to 9pm at Billingshurst Community Conference Centre.
The aim is to give people a chance to meet the adoption team and learn what it takes to become an adoptive parent and offer a child a permanent home.
It is part of National Adoption Week which is organised by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering.
Choosing to adopt a child and offer them a permanent home is a wonderful thing, but it is also a life-changing decision.I would encourage anyone who is considering adoption to come along to the open evening to find out more about the process and what’s involved. Adoption is open to more people than you might think and parents can come from all walks of life, regardless of their marital status, sexuality, or cultural background.”
– Peter Evans, Cabinet Member for Children – Start of Life
Kent County Council says the number of babies it has awaiting adoption have almost tripled. Its social services department says since the case of Baby P, there has been a big rise in the number of very young children and babies taken into care.
A council in the South is telling prospective adoptive parents they must be willing to take on three children. The local authority has closed its waiting list to those only willing to adopt one or two children who need a new home.
Officials say the only other circumstance in which they'll consider new applicants is if they can prove they can offer a home to a child with complex special needs. Our Social Affairs Correspondent Christine Alsford reports.