Sheffield Council is launching an urgent appeal for more adoptive parents following release of a government report that reveals the number of children adopted in Yorkshire is at a record low. Government figures reveal only 430 children found permanent new parents in 2018, down from 690 in 2015. Sheffield Council is appealing for more people to come forward to adopt children currently in local authority care including unaccompanied child refugees. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
As part of National Adoption Week, Sheffield Council is asking more people to come forward to help change the lives of children across the city by adopting a child. Last year 39 children were adopted in Sheffield and 25 children are currently looking for an adoptive family. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
National Adoption Week is designed to raise awareness of the number of children in need of a loving home. The week long campaign aims to encompass all aspects of adoption, including the challenges of adoptive parenting, stories of adopted children and those of others whose life has been touched by adoption. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Liz Coates, assistance service manager at the adoption and fostering service.
This week is adoption week and here in Sheffield there are stalls at the Town Hall and at Fargate where you can find out more. This year the emphasis is on adopting siblings, these are amongst the children who have to wait the longest to be adopted in the UK.