Each year, Adoption Week concentrates on a particular theme to raise awareness and help to further educate those who are potentially considering adopting a child / children.
This year, the focus is on children who find themselves waiting a proportionally longer time for an adoptive family due to being considered 'harder to place'.
Sadly, sibling groups, older children, those with complex needs and children from black and minority ethnic families are amongst the children who wait longest to be adopted. Local authorities, adoption agencies, and all of us who work in adoption, will be working together during National Adoption Week to highlight the plight of these vulnerable children and to help them find forever families.
To start proceedings, there will be a series of special projections lighting up public buildings across the country. Celebrity photographer, Mary McCartney, has taken a striking image to accompany the campaign strapline "Too Old at 4?”. This will be seen for the first time on Saturday night (17 October), projected onto City Hall at Tower Bridge in London and our very own iconic landmark, The Blackpool Tower from 6.30 – 7pm.
As National Adoption Week continues, there will be more projections in Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester, Leicester, Bolton, Birmingham and Newcastle.
Open Event - Thursday 22 October 2015, Hilton Hotel Blackpool, 3 - 7pm
Blackpool Council Adoption Service will be holding a dedicated information event, where you will get the chance to:
Adoption Celebration Card Design Competition for Children - Deadline Fri 9 October 12pm
First4adoption are holding an adoption celebration card design competition which is open to all children up to the age of 16 years. The brief is simple – come up with a design that marks an important adoption milestone. This might be the finalising of an adoption placement or other adoption anniversary and could be aimed at parents, children or the whole family. The winning design will be made into a card and available for sale at www.adoptioncardshop.co.uk. The winner will also receive a £100 gift voucher.
Please send your design either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to First4Adoption, 48 Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2QA. The closing date for entries is Friday 9th October 12pm.
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