Adoption events near you

Upcoming recruitment and information events for adopters

Information evenings and recruitment days are a great way to find out more about adoption. You will learn more about the practicalities, and meet others involved in the process. Please see below for upcoming adoption events in 2015...

You can also look for fostering events in your area.

UK-WIDE
SCOTLAND
NORTHERN ENGLAND
CENTRAL ENGLAND
SOUTHERN ENGLAND
LONDON

UK-WIDE

Barnardo’s adoption and fostering information events

Barnardo’s fostering and adoption run regular information sessions at their projects across the UK. Find out more about becoming an adoptive parent or a foster carer in your area by attending a Barnardo’s fostering and adoption information event near you.

Exploring adoption events - Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, North Wales

After Adoption are a voluntary adoption agency providing adoption support services for people at every stage of their adoption journey. The 'Families that Last' team assesses and approves adopters across the North West, North Wales, Leeds and Yorkshire and the Midlands. Go along to their Exploring Adoption event to meet the team and find out more about the process and the children who are waiting. They will also be able to tell you about the highly recommended post-adoption support services they offer, including SafeBase, a therapeutic parenting support programme. It is an informal event and you can just drop in, or give them a call in advance and they can send you an information pack.

The Midlands
First Tuesday of each month, 4.30-7.30pm, 1st Floor West, New Oxford House, 16 Waterloo Street, Birmingham, B2 5UG.

Or why not attend a drop-in session?

Families that Last host drop-in sessions at the Head Office in Manchester every Wednesday, 10am-4pm. Anyone who would like to find out more about adoption is welcome to come along and discuss their questions with a member of the Families that Last team. Please phone the Families that Last team on 0161 830 2032 to attend one of the Drop in Sessions.

You're also welcome to make an appointment to see a member of the team in our Liverpool office. You can call them on 0151 707 4322.

For more information on any of these events contact Emma on 0300 456 2656, email, or visit their website.

SCOTLAND

Drop in information session in Dundee

Dundee City Council are running a drop in information session about adoption and fostering on 12 August, between 10am and midday at Menzieshill Community Centre. Why not come along to talk to foster carers, adopters and social work staff about their experiences of fostering and adoption and to find out if you could offer a child or children a positive family life on a short-term or permanent basis?.

Find out more on their website.

NORTHERN ENGLAND

Interested in adoption in Gateshead?

Gateshead Adoption Service is running an information evening on Thursday 6 August between 5.30 and 7pm at Lamesley Room, Gateshead Civic Centre, Regent Street, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE8 1HH.

To find out more you can email adoptionandfostering@gateshead.gov.uk or visit their website.

Information drop in events in Durham

DFW Adoption holds information drop in events on the first Wednesday of each month, between 2pm and 7pm. This is an opportunity for you to find out more about the adoption process and for their experienced team of social workers to answer any questions you may have, and to help get your adoption journey underway.

Venue: DFW Adoption, Agriculture House, Stonebridge, Durham, DH1 3RY. The next event will be held on Wednesday 5 August. For more information visit their website.

Open evenings in Blackpool

Go along to one of Blackpool Council’s regular information evenings to find out more about fostering or adoption in Blackpool. The aim of the sessions is to help you decide whether to take the next step. For further details visit their website, email or contact the team on 01253 477888.

Myth busting events in Northumberland

Northumberland County Council need all sorts of families for all sorts of children, especially school age children.

Whether you’re ready to make an enquiry or not, please go along to one of their myth busting events. These sessions, covering postcodes beginning in NE (Newcastle upon Tyne), TD, DH, EH, SR, DL, TS, give you the chance find out more and to meet up with some of the team, including young people, foster carers and adoptive parents. It is not a compulsory part of the recruitment process, but you can go along whether you have enquired or have started your application.

You are encouraged to call 01670 62 62 62 or email to book a place – but you can always pop along on the night. You can also visit their website for more information. Count yourself in! Change lives.

Myth busting events run from 6.45–8pm (sign in from 6:30) on the following dates:
2 September at Belford Belle View Resource Centre, West St, Belford, NE70 7QB
3 November at Ponteland Memorial Hall, Darras Road, Ponteland, NE20 9NX
20 January 2016 at Morpeth Leisure Centre, Market Place, Morpeth NE61 1PR
9 March 2016 at Hexham Mart Auction Mart, Tyne Green, Hexham, NE46 3SG

CENTRAL ENGLAND

Adoption information evening in Stafford

Adoption Matters are running an information evening on 1 October at 6pm at Tillington Hall Hotel, Stafford, T16 1JJ.

For information on Adoption Matters visit their website.

Adoption information evenings in Nottingham and Derby

Family Care’s adoption information evenings offer a gentle introduction to anyone thinking about adopting as well as giving people the opportunity to meet with the team and their adopters. Just some of the feedback they had in 2014:
"Very welcoming and friendly throughout"
"Provided lots of excellent advice and information"
"All very professional, loved the fact that we had the opportunity to listen to 'active' parents who have already gone through the process"

They are holding the following evenings in 2015, all 7-9pm:
8 September - Nottingham
6 October - Derby
13 October - Nottingham
17 November - Nottingham
If you would like to attend one of these evenings you can find more information on the events calendar on their website. To register your attendance please contact Laura Mynett on 0115 9603010, or via email.

Staffordshire County Council Adoption Information Meeting

Staffordshire County Council are holding adoption sessions providing information about adopting with them and what it is really like. The sessions are friendly, relaxed and are led by their specialised social workers. Go along, take all the information away with you and just listen. There's also the option to have a confidential chat with one of their social workers.

Find out more by contacting Andrea Chapman on 01785 278407,
email or visit their website.

SOUTHERN ENGLAND

Adoption information evening in Milton Keynes

Adoption Plus are organising an information evening on 27 August at 6.30pm at Moulsoe Business Centre, Cranfield Road, Milton Keynes, MK16 0J. To find out more about this event or Adoption Plus why not visit their website.

Interested in adoption in Medway, Bromley or Bexley?

Sometimes it's better to chat in person. Medway Adoption open mornings and evenings are a great chance to meet the team and get answers to all your burning questions about adopting. You'll also get a chance to meet parents who have adopted.

Medway have teamed up with Bromley and Bexley Councils to give anyone thinking about adoption more opportunities to come and meet all of them. The events are held on a monthly basis: visit their website to find a date that suits you.

Peterborough Adoption

Peterborough Adoption are a small, dynamic, local authority agency with impressive approval rates, and are looking for new applicants.

Because they're focused on finding the best possible matches for their children in care, they don’t recruit to a specific criteria. So whether you are single or in a relationship, whatever your age, ethnicity or sexuality, if you can provide a loving, stable home to children or sibling groups aged from birth to eight years old, then they would like to talk to you. With guaranteed call backs within one working day, a range of ongoing training and support and access to their post-matching “Stay and Play” events, Peterborough Adoption are with you every step of the way.

If you’re starting a new family or looking to add to your existing one, find out more about adopting with Peterborough at one of their upcoming information sessions where members of the team will be on hand to answer your questions and, if you feel the time is right, help you to take the next steps.

For information on dates and venues, and to reserve your place visit their website.

Reading adoption and fostering information evenings, Reading

Parents and Children Together (PACT) runs informal evenings for couples or individuals interested in adoption or fostering. Each event is led by a PACT social worker and will include a talk from someone who has adopted or fostered through PACT.

Please contact Jayne Stonestreet for more information on 01189 387 600, email or visit their website.

Hampshire County Council - Adoption Information Session

Hampshire County Council are running ongoing, fortnightly evening sessions. Call now to find out more and book an information session. Contact Helen Field on 01489 587052, email or visit their website.
Hampshire County Council Adoption flyer (2.9 MB)

Interested in adopting a child in Surrey or Kent?

Action for Children is looking for adopters for children whose lives can be transformed with the right care and support. If you can offer a safe, caring home to vulnerable children, we can offer you excellent training and ongoing support. By adopting, you'll make a real difference to a child's life. Our adopters come from many backgrounds, reflecting the children who need a new family. If you have any questions, whether it be about the assessment process, or to understand more about what it takes to become an adoptive parent, we want to hear from you.
To find out more call the South East adoption team on 01403 225 916 or visit the Action for Children website.

Adoption information evenings in Milton Keynes

St Francis' Children's Society holds adoption information evenings on the first Wednesday of every month.
For more information, please visit their website, email or call 01908 572700.
St Francis' Children's Society flier (0.9 MB)

LONDON

London Borough of Brent adoption information evenings

Adoption information evenings take place on the first Thursday of the month excluding August.
Contact Vanessa Simpson on 020 8937 4525, email or visit their website.

Adoption North London information evenings

Adoption North London is a partnership of six agencies: Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey and Islington. If you're thinking about creating a family through adoption, find out everything you need to know at one of their information sessions. Please contact them on 0800 694 0101 or via email to book a place. Details of events can be found on their website.

Interested in adoption in Enfield?

Every year, there are thousands of children throughout the UK needing a new permanent family. In Enfield, there are children from many different backgrounds, cultures and religions, and Enfield adoption service needs new families to reflect this. Children may be placed for adoption as single children, or with their brothers or sisters.
Enfield adoption service will ensure families get all the information and support they need, both before and after adoption. Adopting is about making a real difference to a child’s life.
For more information call 020 8379 8490, email or visit their website.

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Last updated: 22 July 15

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