Potential adopters are being urged to find out if they can help dozens of children in the region who are waiting to find families.
There are 69 children across the Humber and North Yorkshire region waiting for permanent homes due to a shortage of people coming forward to adopt.
And as National Adoption Week gets under way, One Adoption North and Humber is urging potential adopters to attend an information event to learn about the adoption process and the needs of children waiting to be adopted.
The event takes place at the Guildhall in Lowgate, Hull, today from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.
The regional adoption agency for North Yorkshire and the Humber is also keen to bust myths which often put people off from taking the first step into adoption.
Suzie Grove, head of One Adoption North and Humber, said: “You don’t have to be married to adopt, we have some excellent single adopters, and we have approved lots of adopters from the LGBTQ+ community.
“People of any race or religion are welcome to apply as are people who have a disability or are an older parent. The only criteria is that you must be 21 years or older, have space in your home and a willingness to provide a safe and loving home for a child.
#NationalAdoptionWeek! Across Yorkshire and Humber there are over 230 children with a plan for adoption so we really don’t want people to rule themselves out unnecessarily. #YouCanAdopt if you work – but you’ll need to take extended leave to settle the child in#MythBusting pic.twitter.com/6cxKaXHQLA
— One Adoption – HULL OFFICE (@AdoptionHull) 14 October 2019
“We are so grateful for the wonderful adopters who have chosen to adopt with us but we always need more people to take that first step towards becoming a parent.”
One Adoption North and Humber is made up of five councils in the North Yorkshire and Humber area: Hull City Council, City of York Council, East Riding Council, North East Lincolnshire Council and North Yorkshire County Council.
Request an information pack by calling 01482 612800 or emailing [email protected].