Government’s adoption changes welcomed by St Francis’ Society

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A SPECIALIST adoption agency has welcomed plans laid out by the government this week to overhaul the current adoption legislation.

St Francis’ Children’s Society, based in Woolstone, find homes for some of the 4,000 children needing adoptive families at any one time in the UK.

Bosses at the society believe the Government’s commitment to cutting the average time a child spends in time is a significant step change, and one which will improve life chances.

The society’s First Wednesday open events have recently seen a steady attendance, and chief executive Alison Miller said the proposed changes will encourage even more prospective parents to come forward.

She said: “A lot of couples and individuals are put off by adoption because they hear that the process takes too long, or is overly intrusive. All of that is set to change.

“Local Authorities will now be required to search nationally for prospective adopters, meaning children have a much better chance of being placed quickly. This will include Voluntary Adoption Agencies, like us.

“The new legislation pays particular attention to the length of time black and minority ethnic children wait in the care system. David Cameron has announced that finding a loving family should take precedence over the correct ethnic match.”

Established in 1869 and having worked in adoption services for many years, St Francis’ Children’s Society pledge life-long support to adopters and their children.

Anyone interested in adopting should attend the next First Wednesday Open Evening. It takes place on April 4 between 6.30-8pm at Collis House, Newport Road, Woolstone.

Alternatively, people can visit or call 01908 572700 for more information.