One of Cambridgeshire's oddest traditions gets under way this morning...
More Adopters Needed
St Francis Children's Society based in Milton Keynes find families for around 25 children every year. They say there has been more demand for their services since the case of Baby P in August 2007.
They want more people in Herts, Beds, Bucks and Northants to think about adoption this National Adoption Week. Alison Miller from St Francis says they will get around 25% of annual enquiries this week but as only 1 in 10 of these will lead to an adoption they need more people to enquire.
Alison says the increasing number of children in care means children are getting matched to families much quicker "Are adopters are being used much more quickly so where as before our adoptive families were maybe waiting up to a year for a match we have got adopters who have waited just three months"
Claire lives in Cosgrove near Milton Keynes and adopted a disabled girl around two years ago "We know that children with disabilities are often harder to place and their not always top of the list for people to adopt but we felt like we had the experience and the time to take on a child and give that child a lot of love to help them active their potential"
There are around four thousand children in the UK needing adoption every year. There are a lot of myths around who can and can't adopt but the BAAF (British Association for Adopting and Fostering) say as long as you are over 21 and can make space for a child in your life you will be considered.
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