Adoption@Heart is marking a successful first year after finding suitable family homes for almost 100 children in the last 12 months.

Launched in April 2019, Adoption@Heart brought together adoption services from Wolverhampton, Dudley, Sandwell and Walsall to recruit adoptive parents for children across the region, whilst ensuring they get the best possible support.

Mark Tobin, Adoption@Heart Service Head, said: “I am incredibly proud of everything Adoption@Heart has achieved over the last year, and the team is as passionate as ever about delivering the best support to children awaiting adoption and to all adopters starting their journey.

“It hasn’t been easy joining four adoption teams together to form our Regional Adoption Agency, but the team has risen to the challenge and made excellent progress in establishing the service across the region.  

“We had planned a whole host of recruitment events and celebrations to mark our first anniversary, however the current situation regarding coronavirus has meant we have had to limit what we are able to do on a face to face level.

“The need to recruit adopters does not stop and in fact are needed now more than ever. We will continue to do all we can to provide those considering adoption with all the information they need to make an informed decision.

“Being an adoptive parent can be challenging but it also brings great rewards. If you’re interested in finding out more, please contact Adoption@Heart today.”

Anyone can adopt, whether they are single, living together, married, a same sex couple, in employment or not working, or already have children or not. Potential adopters must legally be a UK resident and have been so for at least 12 months, as well as being aged 21 or over. They should be able to provide a stable home for a child until adulthood and beyond.

For more information on adoption and the process or to speak to a social worker regarding any questions you may have, please call 0800 073 0597. A duty social is available Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. Alternatively, please email or visit the website.