Children in care is on the increase

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More adoptive families are wanted in Northumberland following a rise in the number of children in need of a home.

The Northumberland Family Placement Service, which normally seeks families for ten to 15 children at any one time, currently has 23 children aged from birth to eight, including four under 18-months-old.

Compared to 2008-09, Northumberland County Council saw an 80 per cent increase in children entering care in 2012-13.

Paul Moffat, corporate director of children’s services, said: “We have seen more young children needing adoptive families, which reflects the national picture.

“The welfare of vulnerable children in Northumberland is a key priority for this administration and social workers are assisting families at an early stage so they receive the appropriate support.

“We would urge people wanting to start or expand their family to consider the possibility of adopting a child in Northumberland, a child who desperately needs the stability and support of a loving family.”

Coun Robert Arckless, policy board member for children’s services, said: “We take our responsibilities very serious and want the best for our children.”

For more information ring the adoption team on (01670) 626262 or email familyplacement@northumberland.gov.uk