A parent and child
More than one in seven adoptions in England in 2019 were to LGBT+ people. Picture: Mike Birdy.

Thinking of adopting? Don’t miss this event in Hull

Potential adopters are being urged to find out if they can help dozens of children in the region who are waiting to find families.

There are 69 children across the Humber and North Yorkshire region waiting for permanent homes due to a shortage of people coming forward to adopt.

And as National Adoption Week gets under way, One Adoption North and Humber is urging potential adopters to attend an information event to learn about the adoption process and the needs of children waiting to be adopted.

The event takes place at the Guildhall in Lowgate, Hull, today from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

Adoption event poster

An adoption event is taking place at the Guildhall in Hull.

The regional adoption agency for North Yorkshire and the Humber is also keen to bust myths which often put people off from taking the first step into adoption.

Suzie Grove, head of One Adoption North and Humber, said: “You don’t have to be married to adopt, we have some excellent single adopters, and we have approved lots of adopters from the LGBTQ+ community.

“People of any race or religion are welcome to apply as are people who have a disability or are an older parent. The only criteria is that you must be 21 years or older, have space in your home and a willingness to provide a safe and loving home for a child.

“We are so grateful for the wonderful adopters who have chosen to adopt with us but we always need more people to take that first step towards becoming a parent.”

One Adoption North and Humber is made up of five councils in the North Yorkshire and Humber area: Hull City Council,  City of York Council, East Riding Council, North East Lincolnshire Council and North Yorkshire County Council.

Request an information pack by calling 01482 612800 or emailing Adoption@hullcc.gov.uk.

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