Talking West Cheshire

Councils joins forces for adoption drive

3 July 2012

Adoption Neighbouring Councils Cheshire West and Chester, Halton and Knowsley have joined forces to help encourage more people to come forward to adopt children.

The partnership will help the recruitment of prospective adopters outside of the borough they live in and to offer a better service, by combining expertise.

Whilst offering a better service and choice to prospective adopters, the joint project will also highlight the need for a diverse range of families, specifically to meet the needs of older children, sibling groups and those with complex needs.

Said Councillor Mark Stocks, Executive Member, Children and Families: “Cheshire West and Chester needs to recruit more adopters for children waiting for placements – currently there are around 20 children waiting to be matched to new families.

“Our biggest need is for carers who are able to look after brothers and sisters together, but we also need carers for children with complex health problems. Contrary to popular thinking, adopters come from all walks of life and there’s no upper age limit.”

Added Councillor Stocks: “You don’t need to have children of your own but it helps to have some experience of looking after a child.

“We are looking for a range of people across the board, including single people and same-sex couples. We will give you support, which can include financial support. We believe that suitable families are out there in Cheshire West for our children and if you can give a child a second chance in life we are interested in hearing from you.”

Children in Cheshire West and Chester can wait up to five months for an adoptive placement, once the court has made the decision that adoption is the best thing for them. Whilst this is improving, it could be faster if we had a range of carers to match up to children.

The Council is working closely with Halton and Knowsley to ensure that processes are streamlined and we are able to respond to enquiries more quickly. The ages of the children waiting range from babies to seven years old.

This ties in with the Government’s ‘Adoption Action Plan’ to put an end to delays in the adoption process.

The latest UK figures show that on average a child can wait over two and a half years for a placement.

These plans hope to reduce that time significantly by encouraging adopters to come forward, helping them through the process and enabling councils like ourselves to provide necessary support.

If you’d like to find out a bit more about what this could mean for you and the many children looking for a loving family home, please get in touch and we’ll send you our free information pack.

Just call our Adoption Team: 01244 972222 or visit the fostering and adoption web pages.