Adopt a Hackney child

Earlier this month, Hackney Council’s Adoption team hosted a special information evening to mark National Adoption Week (9-15 November), which was a success with more than 30 people visiting YumYum Thai Restaurant in Stoke Newington to find out about adopting a child in the borough.

The event was a fun, informal evening where adoptive parents and members of the Council’s Adoption team were on hand to answer questions about adoption, the children needing a loving family and the type of support that is available for anyone thinking about adoption.

Visitors heard that the need for permanent families for children in the borough is as great as ever, with an estimated 4,000 children across the UK needing adoption every year. They were also able to pick up lots of information on Hackney’s adoption service.

In Hackney, we welcome applicants from neighbouring boroughs and counties and from all communities, particularly the Black and minority ethnic community. Our children need adoptive parents who can closely reflect and promote their ethnic and cultural background and give them a secure and loving home.

Councillor Rita Krishna, Cabinet Member for Children s Services said: “What we really need are people who can offer care and love, people who can transform the lives of one or more of the children needing adoption giving them the chance to thrive. Adopting a child means taking on a great responsibility but is also a source of much happiness, and I’m pleased that so many people took the time to visit the event to find more about what is involved.”

Deborah, 45, didn’t want her biological child to be an only child, having grown up in a large Black Caribbean family herself, and decided to extend her family. However, the single mother was reluctant to go through another pregnancy due to her age and the possible health risks and, following a friend’s recommendation, contacted Hackney’s Adoption team.

Now, having gone through the Council’s thorough adoption process, Deborah is also mother to a lively three-year-old of dual heritage, and the new addition has brought much joy to her and her whole family.

To anyone thinking about adopting a child, she says: “Let that thought became a reality, go for it. For me and my family it was one of the best life decisions I have ever made.”

For more information about adopting a child in Hackney please call 08000 730 418; email: or visit: