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11 January 2013
Action for Children responds to today's adoption 'hotspot' map released by the Government which is trying to encourage would-be adopters.
Carol Iddon, Director of Children's Services at Action for Children said:
"Although the map may raise awareness of the numbers of children waiting to be adopted, we must be careful to not unfairly raise expectations of potential adopters. It is right that the assessment process for potential adoptive parents should be as rigorous as possible because children and young people being placed are some of the most vulnerable in our society.
Potential adopters need easy access to clear information, but they must also be able to talk through their feelings when considering this life changing decision, without being rushed or pressured.
Action for Children services seek to place a child in the best possible stable loving environment so we need to create a wider, more flexible pool of potential adopters. This will give adoption agencies like Action for Children a far greater chance of meeting the incredibly special needs of the most vulnerable children waiting to find a family - such as older children, children with disabilities or in sibling groups who often wait the longest , as well as reducing delay."