Westminster City Council is once again supporting this year's National Adoption Week, which runs from Monday 19 to Sunday 25 October.
This year's theme, run by First4Adoption, is 'Too old at 4'. Its aim is to raise awareness among local residents of the continuing need for families to take care of vulnerable children and to encourage potential parents to find out more.
There is currently a major shortage of adopters not only for older children and sibling groups, but for those of black and minority ethnic heritage. Therefore, Westminster wishes to encourage prospective adopters to find out more by attending one of its information sessions.
There are two information sessions taking place on Thursday 22 October 2015, from 10am to midday and from 6 to 8pm at Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, W8 7NX.
The council wants to hear from people from all backgrounds and sections of the community who believe they can give a child or children the chance of becoming a permanent member of their family.
James and Emma from Westminster wanted to start a family and felt they could provide a loving home to a child who hadn’t had the best start in life. They adopted a five year old after contacting the council.
James said: "Overnight our world changed beyond recognition. There was lots of laughter, lots of fun and constant reflection on whether we were doing things ‘right’. There were tears and occasional tantrums, but surprisingly 95% of this was just what comes with the territory for any five year old girl!"
Anyone who has ever thought they may like to find out more about becoming an adopter is encouraged to contact the Westminster Council Adoption team on 020 7641 3041 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.