National Adoption Week: Give a Hackney child a brighter future

As we prepare to mark National Adoption Week (9-15 November), Hackney’s Adoption and Fostering Unit says the need for permanent families for children in the borough is as great as ever.

Do you know there are an estimated 4,000 children across the UK needing adoption every year?

In Hackney, we are currently looking for adoptive families for children of Black, Asian and dual heritage. Our children need adoptive parents who can closely reflect and promote their ethnic and cultural background and give them a secure and loving home.

You don’t have to live in borough to adopt a Hackney child. We welcome applicants from neighbouring boroughs and counties and from all communities, particularly the black and minority ethnic community. 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.

Councillor Rita Krishna, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “Adopting a child means taking on a great responsibility, but also a source of much happiness. If you have ever thought about adopting, it is worth finding out more about what is involved. I urge you to take advantage of this week.”

Anyone who is thinking about adopting and wants to take the next step can attend a special information event on Thursday 12 November, 6-8pm, at YumYum Thai Restaurant, 187 Stoke Newington High Street. N16 0LH.

The event will be a fun, informal evening where adoptive parents and members of the Council’s Adoption team will be available to answer all your questions about adoption, the children needing a loving family and the type of support that is available for you and your family.

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