Call for more adopters
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’.