Call for more adopters

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

SO­CI­ETY must ‘never for­get’ about children who are wait­ing to be adopted, a char­ity chief has warned.

Carol Hom­den, chief ex­ec­u­tive of children’s char­ity Co­ram, said she is con­cerned that the plight of young­sters wait­ing to find a new fam­ily has fallen off the po­lit­i­cal agenda amid the ‘tur­bu­lence and un­cer­tainty’ of the last year.

She urged adopters to come for­ward, say­ing that adopt­ing a child is one of the great­est, but most re­ward­ing, chal­lenges a par­ent can face.

Fig­ures pub­lished by the De­part­ment for Ed­u­ca­tion ear­lier this month showed 3,570 children were adopted in the year end­ing on March 31, down 7 per cent on the pre­vi­ous year, and down a third (33pc) from a peak of 5,360 in 2015.

Dr Hom­den also urged mem­bers of the pub­lic ‘to spend some quiet time con­sid­er­ing whether they could of­fer a lov­ing and per­ma­nent home to a child in need’.

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