4,000 children waiting to be adopted
5:10pm Friday 30th August 2013 in Latest News
A CAMPAIGN to encourage more people to adopt children in the county has been launched this week.
The number of children waiting to be adopted in Wiltshire has risen in the past year.
There are now more than 4,000 around the country waiting to be adopted at any given time.
An increase in the number of children going into care means more than 600 additional adopters are needed each year.
Carolyn Godfrey, corporate director of Wiltshire Council, said: “There are few limitations on the types of people who can be considered as adopters “We assess people on merit, not on age, marital status, income or sexuality.
“It doesn’t matter if you own or rent your home, work full-time or not at all.
“What is important is whether you can offer a child or a group of siblings a caring and loving environment in which to grow up and thrive.”
Laura Mayes, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Many of the children have been unable to remain with their birth family because of neglect, abuse or because their parents have been unable to cope.
“They have often had difficult and sometimes traumatic starts to their young lives.
“As well as the huge benefits adoption brings by giving children an opportunity to grow up in a loving family environment, it is also an immensely rewarding experience for the adopters.”
A spokeswoman for Wiltshire Council said that at the end of July there were 448 children in care in the country, of which 65 are currently at some stage of the adoption process.
Since April 1, 16 children have been adopted.
Visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/healthandsocialcare/adoption or call 0800 169 6321 for details on how to adopt.
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