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14.10.19

Buckinghamshire County Council launch online tool to check your adoption eligibility

This week, on National Adoption Week (October 14-21), Buckinghamshire County Council is launching a new ‘Adoption Ready’ tool that helps people see if they are suitable to become adoptive parents.

People tend to wrongly assume their eligibility to adopt. This could be due to age, financial situation, orientation or relationship status.

This new tool will clear up these assumptions and tell you if you are suitable to become a parent to one of the children in the community looking for a new family.

Adoption Ready has been developed in partnership with a public sector technology consulting firm and can be accessed from the adoption pages of the Buckinghamshire County Council website.

This anonymous system requires a few simple questions to be answered in order to provide a response to whether or not you would be considered, in total, a ten-minute process.

County Council Cabinet Member for Children's Services Warren Whyte said:

"In Bucks we have 22 children waiting for adoption because, for different reasons, their birth families are unable to care for them. Many have had a difficult start in life, and they need a loving, stable home where they can grow up safe and secure.”

"Being an adoptive parent can be challenging, but also brings great rewards. People who are willing to take on this special role often worry that some aspect of their lifestyle or life history means they might be deemed unsuitable – but their fears are usually unfounded. Our new Adoption Ready tool answers many questions about what it takes to become an adoptive parent – I'd ask anyone who's thought about adoption to go online and try it."

The aim is to give people a clear understanding as to whether or not they can become adoptive parents and get vulnerable children with their new families as quickly as possible.

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