National Adoption Week - How is Dorset doing?

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By NewsPipe | Tuesday, November 06, 2012, 17:25

This week is National Adoption Week and it's particularly timely for Dorset where recently there has been an increase in the numbers of children needing families. In 2011 there were 15 children adopted in Dorset and this year it looks likely to double.

Dorset County Council (DCC) has put out an appeal for 'forever families' to get in touch. It is keen to stress that many preconceptions about what makes a suitable adoptive family are misleading or in some cases just plain false.

In fact the criteria for adoptive parents is very simple, you need to be over 21 and be fit and healthy enough to care for a child throughout its childhood. Enquiries from single people, couples (including same sex couples), all religions and no religion are all welcomed. It is not necessary to own your own home.

Councillor Toni Coombs, Cabinet member for children s services at Dorset County Council, said:

"There are many children in Dorset who need the stability and love from a family for life. We're looking for people from all walks of life and backgrounds.

"The process in Dorset is thorough, but it's also one of the quickest in the country and we can give you a huge amount of support available through training, support groups and individual advice.

"Adopting a child can be really rewarding, and we would love to hear from you if you are interested in finding out more."

Dorset has a strong record for placing children with families - the average time for placement after  court permission is 97 days, well below the 195-day national average. The majority of of succesful adoption applicants are approved within eight months.

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