People in South Yorkshire are to find it easier to adopt a child – thanks to a new approach which will bring all the region’s agencies together under one umbrella.
Being Family is the new organisation for Yorkshire and Humber and it was officially launched at a road show at Meadowhall to mark National Adoption Week.
Prospective adopters previously may have had to contact several authorities to get all the information they needed.
But now they will be able to access a single free helpline and a website to start them on their way – with councils joining forces with leading voluntary agencies.
Project manager Nic Haughton said: “The aim of this new initiative is really to ensure we are offering a unified approach to adoption across the region.
“Ultimately we want all the early stages of becoming an adopter to become much more integrated.
“We want to remove obstacles which may currently exist that could be putting a potential adopter off taking that first step, and that includes making the process as easy and straightforward as possible.”
South Yorkshire adopter Lisa Jackson said: “There are so many myths about adoption, but I want people to see that the process is open to people from all walks of life.
“I always knew I was adopted and I always knew I’d adopt – even before I met my partner it was something I knew I’d do.
“ Just like my daughter, I was adopted as a baby – I was six weeks old and she was four months old – so more than anyone, I can explain how and why we became a family.”
It is estimated more than 800 Yorkshire children need adopting this year, with a further 900 in 2014 – so new families are urgently needed.