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Are you thinking about adoption? Event on 19 October

HAPPY FAMILIES: Siblings are in need of homes that will allow them to stay together

FOR MOST of us, being part of a loving family is something we can take for granted; the family traditions, the family gatherings and all those memories.

Children who need a family through adoption, just want an ordinary life and to be part of an ordinary family.

The North London Adoption Consortium invites people who are thinking about adoption to join them at an information event on Thursday, October 19 to celebrate National Adoption Week 2017. The venue will be the Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, London E8 1HE, starting at 6.30pm.

It’s a great chance to meet and hear the experiences of families who have already adopted. Social workers will be there to answer any questions on the children who need to be adopted, the adoption process and the support available for adoptive families.

Adoption is amazing, it gives children the chance to have positive supportive childhoods, and if being a parent is what you want to do, adoption could change your life! Like all parenting, it can be challenging, the children have had a tough start in life - whatever their age - and they will need to help and support them to manage their early life experiences.

Whilst there are fewer children needing adoption across the consortium, we still need families able to adopt children from black and mixed heritage backgrounds and families for groups of brothers and sisters who need to grow up together.

To book your place at the adoption event, please visit the North London Adoption Consortium website: Hyperlink


Adopting a child is a life-changing experience; it offers children the love, stability and security of family life they may not have experienced before and it is about making a real difference to a child’s life.

Adoption means the adoptive parents become the legal parents of the child, making all the necessary decisions associated with their lives, just as they would for a birth child.

The children who need to be adopted have experienced a difficult and traumatic start in their young lives. Children needs families who can help them develop, and support them now and as they grow. The consortium adoption teams will help families by providing training, advice and means-tested financial help if you need it.


You'll need to be over 21 years old and a resident in the UK, who has lived in Britain for at least a year.

You cannot adopt if you or an adult member of your household has been convicted or cautioned for a serious offence against children.

You will need plenty of energy, but above all, you need to be determined to give a child the kind of love that will really make a difference to their lives.


The social workers need to get to know each family applying to adopt, so they can find the right child or children for you. The only way to do this is to meet with you and people who know you and ask you about your early life, what your life is like now and what you hope for in the future. We also need to talk to employers and your GP, and everyone needs to have a police check. We understand that people may have had incidents in their youth, but don't be put off - talk to us about anything you are concerned about.


Adoption North London are a partnership of six local authority adoption agencies: Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey and Islington. We all work together to provide the very best possible service for children who need new families, offering the best possible support and preparation to adopters.

We know about all the children waiting for new families within our six boroughs and we aim to ensure that children are linked and matched with the families who can best meet their needs.

All our children are special to us and we welcome your interest in offering a home to a child.

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