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Find out more about adoption in the West Midlands

Birmingham City Council says it's currently at crisis point with the number of children needing adoption. Credit: PA

Birmingham City Council says it's currently at crisis point with the number of children needing adoption.

In Birmingham over 177 children are waiting for a home and family.

That's compared to:

Wolverhampton: 90

Worcestershire: 55.

Leicester: 40

More people are eligible to adopt than you might think:

Anyone over the age of 21

Single parents, unmarried and married couples, whether the same sex or opposite sex

People with good enough health to provide a loving home for a child - there is no age limit

Employed or unemployed, in rented or own accommodation

Any religious background is acceptable.

Adoption website: www.adoptionbirmingham.co.uk.

Birmingham adoption and fostering information line: 0121 303 7575

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Derby City Council continue adoption drive

Derby City Council are launching an adoption drive today Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

Derby City Council's Adoption Team are appealing for more people across the Midlands to consider adopting a child.

They will be holding a drop in centre in the Market Place in Derby today from 1.30pm to 4pm to encourage people to learn a bit more about adopting. They say there is no need to book an appointment and that visitors can meet with social workers to understand a bit more about what adopting entails.

Adoption campaign launched in Leicestershire

A campaign to get more people to adopt is being launched by Leicestershire County Council today to coincide with National Adoption Week. Leicestershire’s adoption team are hoping to find adopters for 19 children in the county who need adopting.

The team will be at Fosse Park as part of the council’s aim to find an extra 50 adopters who are willing to take in vulnerable children looking for a loving and secure home. The adoption team say it is important to get across the message that anyone can be considered for adoption.

Simply put, adoption transforms lives and we are keen to hear from people who can provide a child in care with a permanent family.

The new distinctive posters emphasise the importance of family and we would urge anyone thinking about adoption - whether they just want information or feel ready to start the process - to come and find out more.

– Ivan Ould, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for children and young people

Leicestershire County Council seeking new foster carers

As the New Year begins, Leicestershire County Council is urging people to find out more about becoming a foster carer and adopter.

In Leicestershire, it takes 18 months on average to place a child with an adoptive family - six weeks quicker than the adoption process last year.

Fostering or adopting children, although challenging, is also one of the most rewarding things you can do and we’re urging anyone who is interested to find out more.

Anyone can make a success of it - the key qualities are patience, humour, time and energy and a determination to give a young person the sort of support that will really make a difference to their life.

– Ivan Ould, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for children and young people

You can read more about Leicester's adoption rate - which is faster than the national average - here.

To find out more information, visit www.spaceforachild.com or call 0116 305 3051.

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