WHEN: September 14th, 2016
WHERE: Birmingham LGBT Centre
Thinking about Adopting or Fostering a child but not sure where to start or if you can?
Join Birmingham LGBT and Birmingham City Council for an informal information evening to find out more about adoption and fostering in Birmingham.
We will be joined by Claire Shepherd from Birmingham City Council’s Adoption and Fostering Recruitment Team who will give a presentation about the adoption and fostering process and some myth-busting about who is eligible to adopt, there will also be opportunity to hear about the experiences of local adopters and foster carers, and to ask questions and have a chat with the experts.
WHO IS IT FOR?
This evening is for anyone interested in finding out more about adoption and fostering in greater Birmingham. Many people think they are eligible to adopt however as long as you are 21 or over, a UK resident and have no criminal convictions, you have the potential to be a great adoptive parent.
“We can’t praise Birmingham City Council Fostering and Adoption service enough. From the start of the process we were treated like any over couple looking to complete our forever family and the social workers even took the time to make sure we felt comfortable on the training session’s given we were the only gay couple on the course at that time. At panel we never felt like we were being judged and when we finally found our little boy, his social worker new straight away we were the perfect match and our sexuality was never looked at negatively. After a very tough emotional journey we now have our perfect forever family and have been blessed with our perfect little man.” – Feedback from recent adoptive parents.
You can be:
- single or a couple
- Gay, straight or bisexual
- from any ethnic background
- employed or not
- disabilities or not
- existing children or not
- pets or no pets
- any income
WHO IS RUNNING THE EVENT?
Claire Shepherd is an interim team manager for the Adoption and Fostering Recruitment team within Birmingham city council. She has over 20 years’ experience of working within the field of fostering and adoption and has worked for a number of local authorities. There will also be members of the recruitment team available who are qualified social workers with experience of adoption and fostering.
Birmingham has nearly 2,000 children in care in a variety of settings such as fostering, residential homes etc. We are actively seeking to recruit foster carers and adopters to can offer a stable, loving home to our children. In particular we need adults who can offer a foster home to older children, those children who want to stay living with their brothers and sisters, and those children who may have specific needs. We are also looking for adopters who can offer permanent homes to children over 2 years old, those children who want to stay living with their brothers and sisters, and those children who may have specific needs.
For further information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.