New Portsmouth website will encourage adoption

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A NEW website has been launched to help find more people willing to adopt a child.

Portsmouth City Council is encouraging more people to adopt children in the city and its new website will help families share information.

Jackie Clark, manager of the adoption service at the council, said: ‘We work with adoption agencies both locally and nationally to find the most suitable families who can offer our children a loving home.

‘There is no upper age limit to adoption and if you are over 21 and are in good health, have a stable lifestyle and the energy to look after a child, you could become an adoptive parent.

‘Whether you are married, in a civil partnership, single or living with a partner, you are potentially eligible to adopt. You do not even have to own your own home.’

People interested in adopting can visit the website where there is advice on preparation and training, as well as ongoing guidance.

Councillor Rob Wood, the cabinet member for children’s services, said: ‘The new website is a fantastic way of sharing more information with prospective adopters and an easier way to register interest with us.’

For more information visit adoption.portsmouth.gov.uk.