Online services help people in Aberdeenshire who want to adopt
In the department’s annual report, he describes how an online version of the popular Adoption Preparation course was created. Led by the senior practitioner, it included contributions from the entire team.
Course participants completed the course and attended the online courses, allowing the service and participants to begin to build trusting relationships.
The proof of these relationships of trust was confirmed by the comments received from the participants by the service. Overall, the course received an average rating of 4.55 out of 5 and the video presentations 4.58 out of 5.
A virtual version of the Parents and Friends Adoption Preparation Course was also created and was well received by the participants.
The team also created an online recruiting campaign that garnered positive feedback from those who attended sold-out virtual meetings. They especially enjoyed meeting the team and hearing adoptive parents share positive stories.
Councilor Gillian Owen, chairman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Education and Childhood Services Committee, said: âMost of us have had to adapt to new ways of working during the closures in response to Covid-19.
âIt is impressive to hear about the adoption team’s adjustments to online and virtual working methods, as they have continued to work tirelessly to ensure that children and families in need of their services can use them despite the pandemic. “
Leigh Jolly, the council’s head of children’s services, said she was proud that despite the pandemic, the service continued to find adoptive families for children, recruit adopters and support adopters and young people. adopted.
She added: “I urge anyone interested in adoption to contact our team, as young people in Aberdeenshire need families to provide them with a home as well as a nurturing environment.”
If you are considering adoption, call 01467 532800 or visit www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/social-care-and-health/children-and-families/adoption/