To help raise the profile and awareness of their new Adoption Agency North Devon office, Families for Children have been promoting themselves across the South West.
Due to their recent efforts, a great article appeared recently in the North Devon Journal. Feel free to take a read at the article below…
AN ADOPTION agency has opened new offices in the grounds of a country house as it hopes to find new opportunities in North Devon.
Families for Children officially opened its offices in the Castle Hill Estate near Filleigh on Friday, January 23. The new offices are part of an expansion plan which will make the agency the largest voluntary adoption agency in the West Country. North Devon’s new practice manager Jakki Parsons is pleased to be able to offer a new option for potential adopters. Currently the only other way to adopt in North Devon is to go through Devon Adoption run by the county council.
Now Jakki is appealing for those thinking of adopting to come and have a chat. She said: “If you’re thinking of adopting we would love to get to know you. It’s an extraordinary thing which can be done by ordinary people. If you take on a child you won’t be forgotten, we take our commitment to ongoing support very seriously. Every member of staff here is highly experienced in adoption, it’s what we do, there are no competing agendas.”
For the past 80 years the agency has been providing adoption services and support across the South West.
North Devon adopters Andy Casey, 33, and Katie Casey, 35, were present at the opening day accompanied by their adoptive daughter Chloe. The Bideford couple first heard about Families for Children through a friend and in April 2013 they met Chloe. Chloe was 18 months old at the time and diagnosed with bilateral hip dysplacia a debilitating condition which left her struggling to walk. In the last year Chloe has had six operations to try and cure the condition often having to endure plaster casts from waist to foot with a bar separating her legs.
Andy and Katie are thankful for the support given to them by the agency during this difficult time. Andy said: “They’ve been the support in the background, helping us do all the legwork with social services and the day to day stuff, allowing us to be with Chloe.”
Following last week’s opening the agency is holding an information morning on Saturday, January 31 at their Castle Hill Offices for anyone considering adoption. For more information, visit the agency’s website www.familiesforchildren.org.uk or phone 01364 645480.
Feel free to view the article on the North Devon Journal website.