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Adoption Matters Northwest hails launch of ‘adoption map’

A map showing the number of children waiting to be adopted in different counties across England published today has been welcomed by Sefton adoption agency Adoption Matters Northwest (AMNW).

This announcement came today as part of a number of measures designed to give parents adopting children in England additional support and help encourage more people to consider adoption.
AMNW Chief Executive Norman Goodwin, who is part of the implementation group, comments: “This map and the launch of the National Gateway are part of a new support package designed by the Government to give prospective adopters another route to get all the information they need and support in taking the first steps into adoption.

“Children in care wait an average of two and a half years before they are adopted and any measures we can take to empower those thinking about adoption and help place these children into new families can only be welcomed.

“Although Manchester and Lancashire are defined on the map as the counties in the North West with the most children waiting to be adopted, whilst Liverpool, Halton and Wirral are defined as those with the least.” Norman comments further, “The map takes no account of the size of the authorities, how long the children wait and is not a reflection of the Local Authorities performance. It merely indicates where the children are.

“The most important aspect of this map is that it shows that there are children waiting to be adopt in every part of our country. This will now make it even easier for people in our region to get clear information on children waiting to be adopted in their home area and help to encourage more prospective adopters to come forward to make a difference for the nation’s children.”

Adoption is not only carried out by Local Authorities and AMNW is one of the UK’s largest specialist voluntary agencies, providing pre and post adoption support for adopters, with one of the country’s lowest adoption breakdown rates and saw no disruptions to the 65 children placed by the agency for adoption last year.

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