Shortage of adopters leaves children in limbo

By Connie Osborne Friday 02 November 2012 Updated: 02/11 08:29

DOZENS of children across Worcestershire are left in limbo waiting for a new home because of a shortage of people wanting to become adopters.

National Adoption week begins on Monday (November 5) and for the 48 children on the county's waiting list they hope the awareness raising campaign will grant their wish for a new home and family. There are currently ten children in Redditch who are are living with foster carers and waiting to be adopted.

Worcestershire County Council's Adoption Service is hoping to find 37 new families by the end of March 2013 and is urging people interested in offering a child a new life to come forward.

A free event is being held at Redditch Library on November 10, between 10am and 12pm, where officers and previous adopters will be available to answer any questions and chat to anyone who is interested in adopting.

Marilyn Butler, the council's operational manager for adoption, said applicants do not have to own their own home, have a job or be under the age of 40 to adopt.

"You don’t have to be married either, or in a relationship, or heterosexual. You don’t have to be a parent already or qualified in any specific way," she said.

"We welcome a wide range of people from different backgrounds and experiences. Our key criteria is that you must be over 21, have patience, be flexible and energetic and have the determination and resilience to positively transform a child’s life."

Coun Liz Eyre, responsible for children and young people's social care on the county council, added: "There are children who are waiting, just wishing to be adopted. They just want a new family to love and care for them. Why not you?"

For more information about adoption call 0800 633 5442.

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