Local council launches adoption text service

A local council has launched a new text service which aims to give people who are thinking about adopting a child easier access to information.

People considering either fostering or adoption can now text ‘FOSTER’ or ‘ADOPT’ to a designated number and they will receive a phone call from West Sussex County Council.

This call will inform them of what is required for them to register as a potential foster or adoptive parent.

Even with adoptions on the rise, West Sussex County Council say they want to make it as easy as possible for people to take steps towards become a foster parent or adopt a child.

“Anyone can apply to foster or adopt, regardless of cultural background, ethnicity, sexuality or marital status”, said the council’s cabinet member for children Peter Evans.

When the potential parents receive the phone call which follows the initial text, the council will “discuss their skills and suitability as well as answer any questions they may have”, he added.

There are a number of myths and misconceptions surrounding adoption. If you would like to learn more about it, please read our guide to adoption here.

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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