Record numbers for town’s adoption levels

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Big-hearted families have come to the aid of children across Doncaster with a record-breaking number of adoptions in the town.

Dozens of children have been welcomed into homes across the borough in the 2012/13 period in a record high for Doncaster Council’s adoption team.

The unit matched 43 children with adoptive parents, and placed 39 youngsters on its books into new family environments, in the last 12 months - helping to ease the pressure on the numbers of needy children in the town.

In addition, the council also assessed and approved 26 prospective adopters - another record figure for the department. Coun Tony Corden, Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding and Services to Families, said: “Our adoption team works tirelessly to place children with families and these figures really are testament to all that hard work.

“Not only are the figures amazing but we have also received excellent feedback from the National Adoption Register.”

The organisation works with adoption agencies and adoption groups to make sure all children and families have the best chance of finding a suitable match.

Its main purpose is to find adoptive homes for those children for whom local authorities cannot find a home locally.

Added Coun Corden: “A representative from the National Adoption Register visited members of the adoption team recently and complimented our team on the prompt and effective use of their service, and told us our service accounted for five per cent of their activity during the last year – an amazing figure given our size nationally.”

At any one time, there are around 30 children in the Doncaster looking for families to provide them with a permanent, stable and loving home.

Doncaster Council will be hosting an information event at The Dome next Wednesday, May 29, for anybody interested in adopting. The event will take place between 5pm and 8pm.