More people needed to adopt children in Staffordshire
With Adoptions on the rise nationally and in Staffordshire over the last year, Staffordshire County Council is urging prospective families to come forward and get in touch with the service.
This week it was announced that Adoptions in England and Wales rose 6% in 2011 to 4,734, according to official figures. The data from the Office of National Statistics also showed 62% of adoptions were of one to four-year-olds and only 2% were of babies under a year old.
Staffordshire currently has 75 children in need of a loving family and the majority of adoption assessments are carried out within the legal requirement of eight months.
Of the 46 children Staffordshire placed between 1 April 2011 & 31 March 2012,data shows that 30% were 12 months old, or under,which is significantly higher than the recently published national increase.
Staffordshire County Councillor, Mike Lawrence, Cabinet member for Children’s Wellbeing said:
“ We are already ahead of the game to get more children adopted quicker and we are always on the look out for more families to come forward.
“Our Adoption Service which carries a ‘good’ rating from Ofsted is no small part because of our efforts to prepare both the prospective families and the child as quick as possible, whilst making sure that no corners are cut.
” As part of our improvement plan we intend to streamline the process even further over the forthcoming year. We will be investing even more resources into our adoption service to ensure that locally we are able to meet the increases in demand for adoptive parents.”
“We are also looking forward to signing our first Adoption Charter later this year. We recognise the enormous contribution that our adoptive parents make and this is just one of the ways that we’re showing this.
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 parent at the new website, www.care4child.org .