Appeal for Exmouth homes for Plymouth children

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:58 10 June 2010

PLYMOUTH City Council is calling on people from the Exmouth area to adopt not just one child, but a whole group of brothers and sisters.

PLYMOUTH City Council is calling on people from the Exmouth area to adopt not just one child, but a whole group of brothers and sisters.

The call comes during National Adoption Week, a campaign from November 10-16 organised by leading charity the British Association for Adoption and Fostering.

Adoptive families are always needed for children who cannot grow up with their families of birth.

The number of children needing adoption has almost doubled over the past two years, from 27 children in 2005/06 to 48 children in 2007/08, said a Plymouth City Council spokesperson.

In recent months the biggest increase has been in the numbers of brothers and sisters who need to be adopted together.

There are now several groups of three or four brothers and sisters waiting, and Plymouth City Council is appealing for more people from the Exmouth area to come forward.

Katie Keith, adoption project officer, said: "There are all sorts of reasons why some children cannot be adopted close to their birth families and need permanent homes outside of the Plymouth area. "We are particularly targeting people in Exmouth and its surrounding areas because they are far enough away from Plymouth, but close enough for us to support adoptive families.

"We are asking people to consider whether they could give a child from Plymouth the loving home they deserve.

"Lots of people assume they would not be eligible to adopt at all, let alone more than one child, but you might be pleasantly surprised.

"The children who need adopting come from all walks of life and we need adoptive parents from a wide range of backgrounds and lifestyles.

"You don't need to have a huge house, but you do need enough space for the number of children you want to adopt. You don't need to be wealthy or married, either. What matters is that you live in the Exmouth area and have the time and commitment to give a group of brothers and sisters a fresh start in life."

Karen Morris, permanency and placements service manager for Plymouth City Council, said: "When brothers and sisters need to be adopted then we look for a family where they can grow up together, unless there is a very good reason for separating them. "Most adoptive families choose to adopt one or maybe two children. It's much harder to find people to adopt larger groups. We're using National Adoption Week this year to encourage people to think about whether they could offer a home to larger groups of children."

"Although it is hard work, there are many rewards to be gained from adopting a group of brothers and sisters. It is a chance to complete your family in one go and the children really benefit from having each other for support."

Information packs about adoption are available from Plymouth City Council's adoption team on 01752 306800 or by visiting www.plymouth.gov.uk/adoption.

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