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York Celebrates National Adoption Week


7:28am 4th November 2013
(Updated 7:32am 4th November 2013)

City of York Council is joining in the national celebrations for National Adoption Week (4-10 November) by encouraging people to consider adoption.

Across the UK 4,000 children are waiting to find an adoptive family, but for one in four it is likely to remain only a dream. And for every year a child waits, their chances of being adopted reduce by 20 per cent. National Adoption Week is for anyone who would like to help change this, so that every child waiting in care finds somewhere they can feel safe and loved.

Howard Lovelady, City of York Council, said: “The guidelines on who can and can’t adopt have changed so much in recent years. Our main priority is to find people who can offer children a permanent, loving home, whatever their age, status or situation.

“We look at each enquirer’s individual circumstances and what they are able to offer a child. We’re keen to hear from people of all sexual orientations including gay and lesbian, those who are single or in committed relationships. I’d urge anyone who’s interested in adoption to look at the council’s website or come to one of our monthly information events to find out more about what’s involved.”

City of York Council say it has historically approved around 12 new adoptive families each year, but is looking to increase this to at least 18 families in 2013/14 and 21 in 2014/15.

Councillor Janet Looker, Cabinet member for Education, Children and Young People, City of York Council: “Adoption really can change a child’s life around and gives them a second chance to have a loving, stable, family relationship. Our focus is on finding people who have the capacity to love a child unconditionally and would urge anyone who is considering adoption to come forward, whatever their situation.”

For more information visit www.nationaladoptionweek.org.uk/ or www.york.gov.uk/adoption, call 01904 553525/555308or email adoptionandfostering@york.gov.uk

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