Adoption agencies cash boost

Adoption agencies are to be given an additional £16 million in funding in a bid to tackle the shortfall in adopters, the Government has announced.

Govt to give grants and support to adoption agencies

The extra £16 million of government funding that will be given to adoption agencies, will see:

  • £15 million over the next two years in expansion grants for new and existing Voluntary Adoption Agencies to increase the recruitment of adopters and create innovative ways of working.
  • New business support for adoption agencies, providing advice, coaching, and guidance to expand their organisations.

More than 4,000 children are waiting to be adopted

Children and Families Minister, Edward Timpson, who has two adopted brothers himself, says thousands of children in the UK are waiting for permanent and loving homes.

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson. Credit: Press Assocation

He said: "There are still over 4,000 children waiting to be adopted nationally, and we cannot stand by whilst children's futures hang in the balance. This is why we are taking a closer look at how we are recruiting new parents by giving voluntary adoption agencies a bigger role.

"We know more than 650,000 people would consider adopting right now, yet more than 700 additional adopters are needed each year to keep up with the growing number of children waiting to be adopted.

"What is important is that children who are in need of a permanent, loving home are found one as soon as possible - not who delivers the service."

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Adoption agencies to receive £16m extra funding

Adoption agencies are to be given an additional £16 million in funding in a bid to tackle the shortfall in adopters, the Government has announced.

Adoption agencies are to be given an additional £16 million in funding in a bid to tackle the shortfall in adopters. Credit: Press Association

The money - available from later this year until 2016 - will help new and existing Voluntary Adoption Agencies (VAAs) develop new and creative ways to recruit more adopters.

The Government says the cash boost could see the VAA sector recruit as many as 2,000 prospective adopters a year by March 2016.

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