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National Adoption Week: A lifetime calling……

NATIONAL Adoption week is from 5 to 11 November this year and Thurrock is hosting an evening for potential adoption families next week.

Adoption experts say there is a desperate need for more people to come forward to provide ‘forever families’ and hope National Adoption Week will provide an inspiration for people to come forward.

Partners in Adoption – the consortium for adoption in Thurrock, Havering and Southend, is looking for families for all types of children, but especially black and minority ethnic children, sibling groups, older children, and disabled children.

The partnership is holding an information evening starting at 6.30pm on Wednesday, 14 November, at Orsett Hall, Prince Charles Avenue, Orsett RM16 3HS for people wanting to find out more.

The open evening will offer prospective adopters a chance to find out more about what is involved, the process, types of children and so on.

Members of the adoption teams (from Havering, Southend and Thurrock) will be in attendance along with people who have adopted and been through the process.

The presentation will last between 60 and 90 minutes and visitors can stay for informal chats at their tables.

Anyone interested in finding out more about adoption can call 0800 652 1271 or visit For more general information about National Adoption Week visit

People are simply being asked to come forward and find out more about adoption. If you think you might have what it takes, please pick up the phone today.

National Adoption Week is organised by British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) and aims to raise awareness of adoption and encourage potential parents to come forward. There are an estimated 4,000 children across the UK needing adoption every year, many of whom will have suffered trauma in their short lives.


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