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11.01.13

New map shows number of children waiting for adoption

A new map has been launched by the Government to show the number of children waiting for adoption across the UK. The move is hoped to increase the number of adoptions and speed up the process.

People interested in adoption can also ring a new hotline for information and advice on which groups to speak to and the support available. This will be funded by the DfE and run by three charities: Coram, Coram Children’s Legal Centre and Adoption UK.

There is wide regional variation across the UK, and the map shows clearly which areas are in most need of more adoptions. The Government aims to make it easier to navigate the system, which has been criticised for its complexity.

Children’s minister Edward Timpson MP said: “We know many potential adopters out there can provide children with loving, stable homes but simply don't know where to start.

“These new tools will give many more people support in taking the first steps to adopting a child and giving them the chance to succeed in life.”

Andrew Webb, vice president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS), said: “The map does not give a full illustration of a complex and moving picture, but we hope it will help illustrate that there are still children waiting to be adopted in every part of the country and encourage those who are interested in adoption to come forward.”

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