Children awaiting adoption outnumber adopters by four to one in Milton Keynes

National Adoption Week begins today
National Adoption Week begins today

Research from national adoption information service, First4Adoption, shows there is a national shortage of adopters to meet the needs of vulnerable children in care - and new families are urgently needed in Milton Keynes.

In the East of England region children are outnumbering adopters by nearly 4:1. T

he figures, based on the latest data, reveal that the region currently has 99 children waiting to be adopted and only 27 families approved to adopt*.

National Adoption Week begins today, and this year’s campaign focuses on the adopter.

Milton Keynes-based adoption agency St. Francis’ Children’s Society (SFCS) is highlighting what it takes to be a good adopter and encouraging more people to consider whether they could adopt a vulnerable

child.

Alison Miller, CEO of SFCS says, “This year, National Adoption Week will highlight the qualities and attributes that make a great adopter, and share the joys and challenges which adoptive families may face. The latest national figures reveal a significant shortage of adopters across England, so we hope that the real stories shared by our adoptive families will inspire more people to find out about adoption. Whether you’re married, single, gay or heterosexual,

“if you think you might be able to give a vulnerable child a loving home, please get in touch.”

SFCS are also offering potential adopters lots of opportunities to visit them and find out more about adoption during National Adoption Week.

On Wednesday (October 17), they are hosting not one but two information events – a lunchtime Drop-In between 12 noon and 2pm, and a more structured evening event which begins at 6.30pm.

And if work and family commitments prevent people attending those events, they are also opening their doors between 10.30am and 12 noon on Saturday, October 20.

To find out more about these events or discuss adoption without pressure or obligation, get in touch with SFCS on 01908 572700, or visit www.sfcs.org.uk