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Hertfordshire is looking for more families to adopt children. New homes are needed for a large number of babies and toddlers as well as older children and groups of brothers and sisters who shouldn't be parted. Some of the children are the victims of abuse.
According to Social Services many people think they will not be considered suitable as fostser parents and so they don't approach the local authority.
But the authority says the most important qualification is being able to offer a child a secure and loving home. Adopters can be married or single, childless or with children.
Social Services say the children desperately need somewhere they can call home and the main aim is to give the children the chance to be part of a family.
Hertfordshire Social Services invites people who are thinking of adopting or fostering to find out more at an open day at County Hall, Hertford, from 10am to 2.00pm on Saturday 17 October when family placement workers, foster carers and adopters will be on hand to give information and advice. You can also call the Family Placement Service on 01727 866505 or 01992 509437.
National Adoption Week, organised by the British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering and supported by Hertfordshire Social Services, runs from 12-17 October. The aim is to encourage more people to come forward as adopters or long term foster carers for an estimated 10,000 children nation-wide who need permanent new homes.
For more information on adoption or fostering please contact Janet Holmes on 01992-509437, or Val Jeacocke on 01707-866505.
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