New call for Northumberland families to adopt

Northumberland County Council's family placement service has made a new appeal for adoptive parents

Exterior of County Hall in Morpeth Northumberland
Exterior of County Hall in Morpeth Northumberland

A new appeal for adoptive parents has been launched after a big increase in the number of children needing placements.

Northumberland County Council’s family placement service is looking for families for between  10 and 15 youngsters at any one time – however, this has gone up in recent months to 23 children aged up to eight years old.

Since the tragic case of Baby Peter in 2008, there has been a 70%  rise nationally in children being taken into care, with some local authorities seeing a 500% increase.

Compared to 2008/09, Northumberland saw an 80% increase in children entering care in 2012/13.

Paul Moffat, corporate director of children’s services, said: “The welfare of vulnerable children in Northumberland is a key priority for this administration, and social workers are assisting families at an early stage so they receive the appropriate support.”

Anyone interested in adopting can call the adoption team for an informal chat on 01670 626262 or email familyplacement@northumberland.gov.uk .

They can find out more online http://adoption.northumberland.gov.uk , and  book a place at the next adoption information evening on July 10 at Alnwick Fire Station from 6.30pm to 8pm.

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