11:41 Monday 14 January 2013

Swifter system welcomed for adoption

Written byBY HELEN KREFT

Mike Lawrence Mike Lawrence

AN adoption service has welcomed recent initiatives by the Government to improve a system to make it swifter and more effective for people looking to adopt.

Potential adopters in Burton can now access a new map showing the number of children in each local authority waiting for a family to adopt them.

A new national telephone information and advice service staffed by adopters has also opened and a website to be launched later in the year will give people interested in adopting the information they need to take that first step.

Mike Lawrence, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for children’s wellbeing, said: “This is really good news for children waiting for adoption and for those potential adopters in Staffordshire.

“We know that there are lots of potential adopters out there who could make a real difference to a child’s life but they are unsure of their first steps and what’s involved.

“The new adoption map and helpline, which we welcome will compliment what we are already doing here in Staffordshire and will give people the information they need to get started. Anything that helps to speed up the process and match children with potential parents is a good thing.

“We have a good story to tell here in Staffordshire and are continuing to find loving homes for children quicker than the national average. As part of our improvement plan we also intend to streamline the process further in the forthcoming year and to continue investing in the service.”

Anyone interested in adopting a child and making a real difference to their lives can have a chat with a member of the specialist recruitment team on 0800 169 2061.

Prospective families can also find out everything they need to know about the quick and supportive process of becoming adoptive parents by visiting www.care4child.org

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