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More people needed to adopt
A CAMPAIGN has been launched in Wiltshire to raise awareness about adoption and to encourage more people to think about giving a child a home.
The number of children waiting to be adopted in Wiltshire has increased over the last year.
More than 4,000 children in the UK are waiting to be adopted at any given time, so there is a constant need to encourage people interested in becoming adopters to come forward.
An increase in the number of children going into care means that more than 600 additional adopters are needed each year.
Carolyn Godfrey, corporate director at Wiltshire Council, said: “There are many myths about adoption but in reality there are very few limitations on the types of people who can be considered as adopters. We assess people on merit, not on age, marital status, income or sexuality.
“It doesn’t matter if you own or rent your home, work full-time or not at all – what is important is whether you can offer a child or a group of siblings a caring and loving environment in which to grow up and thrive.
“The campaign aims to raise awareness about adoption. If you are not in a position to adopt yourself, please mention the campaign to friends and relatives who you think might be interested.”
To find out more go to wiltshire.gov.uk/healthandsocialcare/adoption or call 0800 1696321.
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