Can you give a child a new, loving home?

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THIS week marks National Adoption Week and potential parents from across the borough are being asked to consider whether they could adopt.

There are currently 70 children in Hertfordshire who need a home, and last year 46 children were adopted in the county.

The week, organised by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering, runs until Sunday and aims to raise awareness of the 4,000 children in need of a home nationally.

Children cannot be adopted from within the area where they live, so parents from across Dacorum of all cultural backgrounds are being asked to come forward and offer a child a home.

Hertfordshire County Council runs monthly meetings for people wanting to find out more about adoption.

The next meeting is being held tonight in St Albans. Call 01438 844 388 or visit the website at www.hertsdirect.org/adoption to find out more.

The St Francis’ Children’s Society, which operates over a 50 miles radius around Milton Keynes, is also looking to Dacorum for potential adopting parents.

The charity, which provides adoption services, is focused this week on the adoption of children with a disability as they are often split from their siblings.

Visit www.sfcs.org.uk or call 01908 572700 to find out more about the charity and how to go about adopting.