Singletons and same sex couples among those encouraged to adopt

Posted On 29 Oct 2014 at 2:06 pm

An information event aimed at challenging misconceptions about who can adopt a child is being held in Brighton to mark National Adoption Week.

The event is organised by Brighton & Hove City Council’s adoption team on Monday, 3 November from 5-8pm at their base at Moulsecoomb Hub South, Hodshrove Lane.

The council’s adoption team believes a lot of people still think they cannot adopt for many reasons – such as age, finances, religion, housing, relationships or sexuality.

Chair of the council’s children and young people committee Sue Shanks, said: “We welcome interest in fostering and adoption from all sections of the community.

“Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to own your home, have a job or be under 40 to adopt a child. You don’t have to be married, or in a relationship, or heterosexual.

“You don’t have to be a parent already or qualified in any specific way. Also, a disability is not necessarily an obstacle to adopting.

“We would like to invite anyone who would like to know more about adoption to come along on Monday, 3 November or call us for a friendly chat.”

To book your place at the council’s adoption information event please email adoption.recruitment@brighton-hove.gov.uk or phone the adoption team on 01273 295444.

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