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People able to transform children’s lives through adoption are urged to pick up the phone and find out more.
A new national map launched last week shows that in Leicestershire, there are 22 children and young people looking for secure and loving family homes.
This includes four groups of siblings, eight boys aged between 10 months and nearly five-years-old, and five girls ranging from 11 to 18 months.
Leicestershire County Council is keen to recruit more people to adopt siblings and individual children and is keen to hear from anyone who feels they can make the lifelong commitment.
The council places children quicker than the national average and has brought in two new social workers and a more flexible and straightforward approach to recruitment, which has sped up the process by six weeks.
In the last 12 months, the council placed 28 children with adoptive families.
Ivan Ould, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for children and young people, said: “Finding a permanent home for a vulnerable child is our number one priority and in many cases, adoption is the best option.
“Adopting children, although challenging, is also one of the most rewarding things you can do and we’re urging anyone who is interested to find out more.
“No one wants there to be delays in the process and although we’ve sped up our systems, we’re not complacent and are taking more steps to improve services further.”
Social workers give a wide range of help to potential adopters, arrange training and information sessions, assess applicants and work closely with families to find out if they’re ready to adopt.
They also work with adoptive parents to create ‘life story’ books which chart a child’s life, memories and pictures.
Anyone can make a success of adoption – the key qualities are patience, humour, time and energy and a determination to give a young person the sort of support that will really make a difference to their life.
Anyone can be considered for fostering or adoption – whether you are on your own or in a relationship, working or not working, regardless of your race, religion or sexual orientation. To find out more, please call 0116 305 3051 or freephone 0800 587 7767, or visit www.spaceforachild.com .