ADOPTION rates in Leeds have soared in recent years, but even more prospective parents are needed to help make the city a truly child-friendly one.
Leeds City Council, which runs the largest adoption service in the north, is currently looking for permanent homes for around 130 children on its register.
Research has shown there was a 50 per cent increase in adoption placements from 2009/10 to 2011/12, and a further increase of 35 per cent in 2012/13 compared to the previous year.
There was also a further 17 per cent increase in placements last year, with the council adoption team approving 76 households to adopt.
Tomorrow, at the customer service lounge at Trinity Leeds between 10am and 4pm, those interested in finding out more about adopting a child are invited to attend a pop-up information stall as part of Adoption Week 2014,
Visitors can speak to an expert from the council’s adoption team, hear from adoptive parents, and discover what support can be provided throughout the process.
Councillor Judith Blake, executive member for children’s services, said: “Adopting a child or children is a rewarding, challenging and unique experience and one that is open to all.
“What we want to underline is that anyone can adopt, regardless of age, ethnicity or sexual orientation. There is often a misconception that only certain groups of people can apply - this couldn’t be further from the truth. What we need are people who have the commitment to make a real difference to a vulnerable child’s life.
“In Leeds we offer a unique and outstanding package of support to all adoptive parents so you would never be on your own if you choose to adopt with us.”
Potential adoptive parents who could adopt an older child (over two years old), a child with a disability or uncertain health and development, or a male sibling group are particularly needed.
The council stresses there is no such thing as a typical adopter – it has married and unmarried couples who adopt, single people and gay and lesbian couples. Some already have children of their own, some don’t.
Visit Adopt4leeds.co.uk for more information or call the council’s dedicated adoption recruitment line on 0113 3952072.