Adoptions on the rise but more parents wanted

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Doncaster is bucking the national trend by seeing an increase in the number of adoptions.

In 2010-11 24 children were adopted and since April another 20 children have been adopted, with a further 19 currently living with their new families awaiting their final adoption orders.

Chris Pratt, director of the Children and Young People’s Service at Doncaster Council, said: “This is great news for those children who are now with adoptive parents, and we’d like to thank all those adoptive parents for providing a loving family home for vulnerable children from Doncaster.

“However there is still much more work to be done.

“We currently have nearly 30 more children who need a family. I’d like to encourage anyone who has ever considered adoption to get in touch with our friendly team and find out more.”

National Adoption Week starts on Monday to encourage people to find out more and think about whether they could adopt.

The council says there are lots of myths about who can and can’t adopt and not everyone is aware that Doncaster Council has no upper age limit, that you don’t need to be married, and you don’t need to own your own home.

Adoption workers would particularly like to hear from people who could adopt brothers and sisters or children aged between four and seven.

To find out more, call 01302 737366, go to www.doncaster.gov.uk/adoption or visit a drop-in event on Wednesday, November 16, 5pm-8pm at The Dome.