THE amount of children being adopted in Derbyshire and Staffordshire has increased considerably in the last year, figures have shown.
Following national news that the adoption rate across the UK was on the up, the authorities which deal with the process in the two counties have confirmed their numbers have also swelled recently.
In fact, both Derbyshire and Staffordshire County Councils have seen the number of children helped to find new families go above and beyond the national average, with Derbyshire seeing an increase of almost 50 per cent, and Staffordshire doubling the amount of children adopted.
Derbyshire’s Councillor Kevin Gillott, cabinet member for children and young people, said: “We’re pleased to be finding more children permanent, family homes and will continue to work hard to help those who are waiting for families by building on our success.
“We’re ambitious for our children in care and want a secure and loving home for every youngster in Derbyshire who needs it.”
A total of 75 children were helped into homes in 2012, compared to 51 in the previous year – an increase of 47. 1 per cent.
According to figures from the Office for National Statistics, there was been a 9.8 per cent increase in adoption in 2012.
Staffordshire’s figures are even more impressive, with the amount of children being adopted doubling in the year to March 2013, compared with the previous year. Just under 80 children were adopted during that time.
There are still 62 children awaiting adoption in the county.
Councillor Alan White said: “Between April 2012 and March 2013, we placed 78 children, including many older children and sibling groups, however we are always looking for loving families to adopt children.
“So, if you have been thinking about creating, extending or completing your family then I would encourage you to get in touch with our adoption team.”
Visit the councils’ websites for more information about adoption.