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Adoption rate faster than national average in Leicestershire

The adoption rate in Leicestershire is three months faster than the national average Photo: PA

It has been revealed that adopted children in Leicestershire find secure family homes faster than the national average.

Figures published by the government show that Leicestershire County Council places children with families within 18 months - 3 months quicker than the national average.

In the last 12 months the council has placed 28 children with adoptive families.

No one wants there to be delays in the adoption process and I'm pleased that we're placing children quicker than the national average.

– ivan ould, Leicestershire county council cabinet member for children and young people

The council has recently brought in two new social workers and a more flexible approach to approving adopters to speed up the selection process.