National Adoption Week 2009

November 11, 2009 3:24 PM

National Adoption Week 2009 kicks off this week (9th-15th November) and local MP Tom Brake is hoping that the occasion will remind people that the need for permanent families for children is as great as ever.

Commenting on the event Tom said, 'This week is a good opportunity for people to come forward to learn more about adoption. There are no blanket bans in adoption but what is really needed are people who can offer children a loving and stable home.'

National Adoption Week is organised by the British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) and aims to raise awareness of adoption and encourage potential parents to come forward. There are an estimated 4,000 children across the UK needing adoption every year, many of whom will have suffered trauma in their short lives.

David Holmes, Chief Executive of BAAF, says "It is a sad fact that some children are simply unable to remain with their birth family, because of neglect, abuse or perhaps just because their parents are unable to cope. Adoption is one of the best ways we know of giving these children a new family for life. Children with lots of different types of early experience may need adopting - some of them have had traumatic experiences, others have learning difficulties or health problems and it's crucial that loving and permanent families are found for them."

This week Tom spoke at a conference in Bloomsbury, sponsored by Sutton Women's Aid, about the Baby P case and the ways of improving safeguards to protect neglected children following this tragic case.

For more information on National Adoption Week visit www.nationaladoptionweek.org.uk

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