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National Adoption Week in the Channel Islands

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Channel Islanders are being encouraged to look into foster care and adoption as part of National Adoption Week.

The national event is taking place this week but events in Jersey are set to continue.

Fostering & Adoption Jersey is setting up a series of pop-up sites across the Island where members of the public can stop for an informal chat and ask any questions they may have on either fostering or adoption.

The sessions are:

  • Les Quennevais Sports Centre, Saturday 20 October, 10am – 4pm
  • Ransoms Garden Centre, Monday 29 October, 10am – 4pm
  • Tamba Park, Wednesday 31 October, 10am - 4pm

We are very fortunate in Jersey to have many wonderful foster and adoptive parents, but there is still a real need for more people to come forward.

This year’s theme is “Be the change you want to see” meaning each one of us can leave a stamp on this world by making our lives meaningful in a thousand ways and making the lives of others better than they ever thought possible.

– Emmy Lindsey, Manager of Fostering & Adoption Jersey

Susan Devlin from the organisation says it is important to dispel myths about age, gender and marital status so that people do not exclude themselves from the possibility of adoption.

More information on Jersey's adoption awareness campaign can be found here.

Meanwhile Guernsey's Children and Family Services say their focus is on foster care.

The Service has a number of families waiting to attend the next Preparation to Adopt training and so is not actively recruiting adopters at present.

We do however have a shortage of foster carers and recruitment of foster carers is the current priority, particularly for those who may be interested in caring for children in sibling groups, school aged children and young people.

There are many different types of fostering and we are looking for people who can care for children on both a long term and a short term basis.

Placement choice is important to us and we want to be able to provide children with families who can meet their needs. We are seeking to recruit a number of new foster families for children who are waiting so if you are interested in fostering we would love to hear from you.

– Karen Reade, Children and Family Community Services

They can be contacted on 713230 or via email change@guernseyfostercare.com

They also say that there are currently 'significant developments around adoption' on the island including progress is also being made on the reform of the Adoption Law and a newly developing service, the Reparative Care Team and

The team will take care of post adoption support services.