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Offering a child a permanent home

Could you welcome a vulnerable child into your family?

Adoption is a way of providing a new family for children who cannot be brought up by their own parents. Legally, it is a procedure in which the parental responsibility is transferred to the adoptive parents through the granting of an adoption order by the court.

For the child, however, it is a chance for a fresh start in life. It is an opportunity to be raised in a loving, nurturing environment where they can develop a sense of belonging and grow to be safe, secure and successful.

National Adoption Week is 15 - 21 October and Slough Children's Services Trust is calling on people, whether you've previously considered adoption, or perhaps never even thought about it, to take a closer look at what it involves, what you could offer a child in need and then decide whether it is right for you.

People choose to adopt for a variety of reasons; some because they are unable to have their own children. Others feel a desire to share their family life with a child who may need them.

We recognise that becoming an adoptive parent can bring additional challenges, so throughout your journey we will be by your side offering full support. We will provide information, preparation, training and guidance throughout the process and beyond. You will be supported by an adoption social worker who will continue to visit until your child has been legally adopted. You hold their hand, we’ll hold yours!

SCST logoYou may be wondering whether you are suitable for adoption but there is no typical adopter, the important thing is your ability to meet the needs of the child. We want to ensure as far as possible that children are placed with a family that is right for them.

We do not discriminate against anyone on the grounds of race, gender, marital status, age, employment, disability, religion or sexual orientation.

We consider applicants with or without children. If you do have children then there normally needs to be at least a two-year age gap between the child placed with you and any other children in the family.

Staff from our dedicated family placement team have worked with the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender) community in Slough for more than a decade and have extensive experience with gay and lesbian adoptive and fostering families. They understand the importance of treating all applicants with respect and sensitivity and have a strong track record in matching children with adoptive parents and foster carers.

If you’d like to start a conversation about adoption and find out more about the support we can provide you on your exciting new journey then please do get in touch. Contact our adoption team by phoning 01753 690960, or by emailing adopt@scstrust.co.uk. Alternatively, you can learn more by visiting the Trust's website.

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