28 October 2014

Adoption – it’s time to bust some myths

An information event aimed at challenging misconceptions about who can adopt a child is being held in Brighton to mark National Adoption Week (3-9 November).

The event is organised by Brighton & Hove City Council’s adoption team on Monday 3 November from 5-8pm at their base at Moulsecoomb Hub South, Hodshrove Lane, Brighton BN2 4SE.

Unfortunately some children can’t live with their own families. The council has a duty to make sure these children are looked after.

In some cases the council finds them permanent homes and they legally become part of another family. This is called adoption.

The council’s adoption team believes a lot of people still think they cannot adopt for many reasons – such as age, finances, religion, housing, relationships or sexuality.

The chair of the council’s children and young people committee, Councillor Sue Shanks, said: “We welcome interest in fostering and adoption from all sections of the community.

“Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to own your home, have a job or be under 40 to adopt a child.

“You don’t have to be married, or in a relationship, or heterosexual.

“You don’t have to be a parent already or qualified in any specific way. Also, a disability is not necessarily an obstacle to adopting.

“We would like to invite anyone who would like to know more about adoption to come along on Monday 3 November or call us for a friendly chat.”

To book your place at the council’s adoption information event please:

  • email adoption.recruitment@brighton-hove.gov.uk, or
  • phone the adoption team on 01273 295444

Find out more about adoption on our adoption team's website