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Adoption plea to families in North Yorkshire
9:38am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
AN appeal has been sent out for more families willing to adopt a child in North Yorkshire to come forward, as 28 young people urgently need homes.
North Yorkshire County Council has streamlined its adoption process so parents can now be approved in as little as seven months, saying the previous process may have dissuaded potential applicants because it was seen as lengthy and cumbersome.
The youngsters requiring immediate homes range in age from babies to teenagers, and the authority will stage an awareness campaign on adoption during National Adoption Week, which runs from November 4 to 10.
It said a child’s chances of finding a suitable home decrease the longer they have to wait to be adopted.
Pete Dwyer, the council’s corporate director of children and young people’s services, said: “We believe our introduction of a swifter process was essential, as the length of time people have to wait before being approved as adopters can be a huge barrier.”
Coun Tony Hall, executive member for children’s services, said the most important criteria for applicants was to offer a “stable, loving and secure home”, regardless of ethnic background, relationship or financial status, or whether a home is owned or rented.
More information is at northyorks.gov.uk/adoption or by phoning Adoption North Yorkshire on 0800 389 2362.
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