It was announced at the end of last week that voluntary adoption agencies (of which there are 23) will be given an extra £16million pound in funding over the next 3 years in order to help them attract prospect adopters.
It is hoped that the funds will help secure an increase in adopters, which in turn will help reduce the waiting time for Children waiting for a permanent home. The most recent figures suggest there are currently more than 4000 children waiting for Adoption, and there has for some time been a shortfall in the number of prospective adoptive families available to meet this need.
It is envisaged that the funds will be used to fund additional services, which in conjunction with various other new measures and policies, will help to encourage people to adopt.
By Family Law Solicitor Cara Nuttall.