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Adoption needs outlined after release of figures

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 07, 2014

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NEW figures have revealed the amount of youngsters waiting to be adopted in Burton and South Derbyshire.

The National Gateway for Adoption revealed that 65 youngsters in both areas were waiting to be paired up with would-be adopters.

Figures showed that there were a total of 6,890 youngsters across the whole country waiting to be adopted with 140 in Derbyshire and 105 in Staffordshire.

Alan White, cabinet member for care on Staffordshire County Council, said: “We are working very hard to find loving homes for our children in care and to encourage more adopters to come forward. We are also making good progress in reducing the length of time it takes for a child to be adopted.”

The council was particularly keen to hear from prospective adoptive parents for little ones over the age of three, and sibling groups.

A spokesman for Derbyshire County Council said: “More Derbyshire children are already being adopted with the county performing well above the national average according to a national report.”

Families interested in adopting a child in both areas now have several tools at their disposal.

They can now view an interactive map which showcases how many youngsters are waiting to be adopted in their area.

A telephone advice line is also available - 03002 220022 - to help potential adopters navigate the process of adopting a child.

The information line, operated by First4Adoption, is funded by the Department for Education and offers access to several agencies and information on entitlements.

It also comes just weeks after the Mail revealed that councils in both Staffordshire and Derbyshire will receive a slice of a £50 million funding pot to help adoption services.

More information is available online at to http://www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/families

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