WILTSHIRE Council is urging people across the county to consider adoption.

The plea comes ahead of last week’s National Adoption Week, which aims to raise awareness and encourage potential parents to come forward. About 19 adoptions took place in Wiltshire last year, which surpassed the previous year’s figure of 14, but there are still children who need a family life.

Andrea Viner, adoption team manager, said: “There are no blanket bans in adoption, so please don’t think we’ll turn you down because you’re over 40, single, or don’t own your own home.

“We need people who can help a child recover from the reasons why they came into care in the first place and can help them to grow and thrive in a new family.”

For more information, contact communications on 01225 715555.