Saturday, November 14, 2009

National Adoption Week Supported

I commended the work of adoptive families following the launch of National Adoption Week

Currently in its twelfth year, National Adoption Week has been very successful to date. Launched officially by my Party colleague and Minister of Health, Michael McGimpsey MLA, at a special event in Hillsborough earlier this week, I wish to commend the organisers of this initiative for all they have achieved so far, and wish them all the best in their endeavours.

National Adoption Week provides an opportunity for adopted children, adoptive parents and prospective adopters to celebrate the success and rewards of adoption in Northern Ireland.

The special week, set aside in November, also encourages individuals and couples to think about applying for adoption and making a difference in a child’s life. The rewards from giving a child of any age, and from any background, a home and a chance in life are priceless,” the UUP councillor said.

I am encouraged by figures announced by the Department of Health which revealed that 64 children were adopted from care during the year ending March 2008, however I feel this number can be substantially increased through greater public awareness.

The role of National Adoption Week is also to provide information to those who have put their child up for adoption, and support for families who have adopted. Invaluable assistance is available through the National Adoption Organisation and at