A CAMPAIGN to find permanent loving homes for more than 60 foster children has been launched in St Helens – as the number of children needing adoptive families continues to grow.
Of the 63 foster children currently in need of a family, 39 are aged three and under and 22 are aged between four and six. Not all youngsters needing a family are on their own either, as there are 17 sibling groups of two and one sibling group of three.
Ten of the children have disabilities – ranging from developmental delay and learning disabilities to behaviour problems.
The crusade, based on the notion of providing a “forever family”, follows the release of worrying figures by Adoption 22 – the North West consortium of 22 local authorities – which revealed that 260 adoptive families need to be found across the region. This figure has risen dramatically since 2009 - when it was just 61.
The local adoption service WWiSH is now urging more parents to come forward.
Team manager Ruth Fitzgerald said: “A lot of people think we don’t