A campaign has been launched to get more parents to adopt in Birmingham, because the City Council say they are struggling to get prospective parents to come forward.
Councillor Brigid Jones says people get put off adopting because the city is so diverse, but she wants to change that perception.
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:
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
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.
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.
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.