One Adoption South Yorkshire

One Adoption highlights growing need for adoptive parents in South Yorkshire

…as figures emerge showing increase in sibling groups awaiting permanent families

Adoptive families who can provide a loving, stable home are needed right now for just over 100 children in South Yorkshire.

And *new information published today to mark National Adoption Week (16-22 October), shows that 61% of children waiting for adoptive families across the whole of Yorkshire and Humber are brothers and sisters in groups of two or more.

“Children with a plan for adoption range from babies to school age and they all need permanent families to care for them as they grow and develop into adults,” said Joanne Hewson, Chair of the new One Adoption Regional Adoption Board, which is highlighting the need for more adopters in the region.

“One Adoption is made up of friendly, supportive, expert teams from all over the region and we are encouraging anyone considering adoption to get in touch and find out more about becoming an adoptive parent.”

Today’s figures also reveal that:

53 % of sibling groups awaiting adoption in Yorkshire and Humber are children aged four plus.

These groups are made up of 50% boys and 50% girls.

45% of the sibling groups awaiting adoption are Black and Minority Ethnic children.

One Adoption is a new approach comprising experienced professionals in three regions: One Adoption West Yorkshire, One Adoption South Yorkshire and One Adoption North & Humber, including some local authority adoption teams.

The regional partnership is a new way of working where many of the individual adoption agencies across Yorkshire are working together to improve adoption services and outcomes for children.

Sue May, Head of One Adoption South Yorkshire, said: “South Yorkshire has some excellent adoption agencies already, and we’re already learning from best practices across the region, to make our services even better. One of the benefits for people interested in adopting a child is that they can adopt from anywhere and there is a co-ordinated system within the region. It doesn’t matter where you live, we have children waiting for loving family and we want to hear from you.”

Joanne Hewson added: “We are at the beginning of our journey of creating the new One Adoption way of working and collaborating together we will speed up the adoption process in some localities, and help children be matched to the right adoptive parents more quickly, by pooling expertise, skills, knowledge and resources across the county.”

For more information about adopting in South Yorkshire, visit www.oneadoption.co.uk or call 0345 112 0012

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Notes to editors

*Based on information from Adoption Match which operates the Adoption Register for England on behalf of the Department for Education http://www.adoptionmatch.org.uk/

PRESS CONTACTS

For more information about the One Adoption Yorkshire & Humber partnership, visit www.oneadoption.co.uk or contact:

Liz Close, Press and Media lead for One Adoption

Liz.Close@DCSTrust.co.uk 07729 130957

Or

Dave Glanville, Communications and Marketing lead for One Adoption

David.glanville@leeds.gov.uk 0113 37 89171

ABOUT ONE ADOPTION

One Adoption Yorkshire & Humber is one of five ‘demonstrator’ projects across the UK starting to pioneer this new collaborative approach.

Regionalisation of adoption is a Department for Education initiative to improve the adoption process and provide adopters, families and most importantly children, with the best possible service.

One Adoption South Yorkshire is currently comprised of individual adoption agencies from across the county (including Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and Sheffield City Council) working together to provide adoption services across South Yorkshire.

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ABOUT ADOPTION MATCH

Adoption Match is the national service working to match those children waiting to find permanent homes with those approved adopters waiting to be matched with children. Adoption Match manages the national statutory database of children and adopters, the Adoption Register for England, on behalf of the Department for Education.

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