Adoption – what's it really like?

Published: 17 Oct 2017


National Adoption week takes place this week (16 – 22 October) and we’re encouraging people to think about whether they could provide a stable, loving and lifelong family home for a Hertfordshire child. The theme for this year’s campaign is ‘What’s it really like?’ and we’re asking people to get in touch by phone, email or on social media with any questions they have about adoption.  

We have a number of children waiting for adoptive placements in the county and we need more people to come forward who could give children a permanent home and family. All children who need adoption will have had a tough start in life and we particularly need adoptive families for children with more complex needs. We also need families for groups of brothers and sisters to ensure that they can grow up together.

Teresa Heritage, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:

“The most vulnerable children in our society need a safe place where they can grow up, learn to trust again and feel secure. If you think you can offer a child a loving and permanent place in which to grow up, we want to hear from you.”

We are holding an open evening on Thursday 19 October at Beales Hotel, Comet Way in Hatfield from 6.30pm – 8.30pm. You’ll get the chance to hear from adopters, learn about the process and the support on offer. The event is free, and there’s no need to book.

We welcome applications for adoption from people from all walks of life. Applicants should not rule themselves out on the grounds of:

  • Marital status

  • Not owning their own home

  • Sexuality

  • Age (although all adopters must be over 21)

  • Disability

Anyone who adopts with us can expect unrivalled support. If you are interested in adopting with us, we’ll be there to guide you through the process, every step of the way. For more information please call 0800 9170925 or visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/adoption.