Come talk to Thurrock Council about adoption

LAST week was National Adoption Week (3 to 9 November), a time when the extra national publicity often prompts people to think about adopting.

Thurrock Council is always looking for more people to consider adoption – including for sibling groups, older children (aged four and above) or those with additional needs.

The adoption team’s social work staff will help those interested find out more about what’s involved, including: how to start the process, the training, and the support available, as well as answer any questions people may have.

Since January, Thurrock has placed 15 children with adoptive families, at an average age of 25 months.

The youngest was not quite six months, and the oldest four years and two months old. Around half the children were aged over 2½ years at the time of placement.

An adoption information drop-in session is being held on Monday, 17 November, at Committee Room 1, Civic Offices, New Road, Grays RM17 6SL.

Interested people are able to pop in any time between 10 am and 1pm to chat with a social worker and find out more face-to-face.

Further information about adoption is available on the council’s website – where families may also apply online.

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