Adoption campaign launched to find willing families

More families are needed to take on children waiting for adoption
More families are needed to take on children waiting for adoption

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