Trust appeals for adoptive families


Trust appeals for adoptive families

The Western Trust is supporting National Adoption Week 2011 (31 October to 6 November) to encourage people from all walks of life to come forward and find out more about the adoption process. This year the Trust is highlighting the needs of children who often wait the longest for adoption.


Pat Armstrong, Western Trust Head of Adoption Services, said: “There are currently 30 children in the Western Trust area awaiting adoption. There is no typical adoptive parent in the same way there is no typical child in need of a permanent home. We see each child as an individual and strive to match their needs to prospective adoptive families. Most adopted children are ‘looked after’ by the Trust prior to adoption.  Adopted children may have been in the care of the Trust for a range of different reasons: parental neglect, risks of abuse or because parents are experiencing long term mental health problems which impact on their ability to parent properly.


“Many children who need adoption are likely to have had at least one carer since birth. Some children will have experienced many moves and instability in their young lives. They will, as a result, need time to establish trust and develop an emotional attachment to their new parents. We need adoptive families who can meet the needs of these children in our care and provide a loving secure home environment.”


As children have many different needs, the Western Trust works with many different kinds of families to look after them. The Trust welcomes adoptive families from all social, economic, religious and cultural backgrounds. Applicants must meet some criteria, for example, they need to be over 21 years old, however, you don’t have to have children of your own, you can continue working and single people, married couples and families in any income bracket are welcome to apply to adopt.


The Western Trust’s Adoption Team regularly hold adoption information sessions across the Trust area for anyone wishing to find out more about adoption.  The next information session will be held in Clooney Hall, Waterside, Londonderry, on Friday 11 November from 2.30pm.  Social Workers will be on hand to answer any questions people may have.


If you would like to find out more about adoption, please contact: Catherine McKevitt, Social Work Manager Adoption, telephone 028 7131 4226 or Sandra Farrell, Social Work Adoption Manager, telephone 028 8283 5115.