Nearly 9,000 new foster families needed across UK

According to Barnardos children's charity, 8,750 new foster families will be needed across the UK in 2012 to 2013.

Currently 7,000 children are in need of adoption, with a white child three times more likely to be adopted than a black child, they said.

  • 7,100 in England
  • 1,000 in Scotland
  • 550 in Wales
  • 100 in Northern Ireland

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7,000 children need homes

7,000 children are currently waiting to be adopted, according to Children's charity Barnardos. It is the highest number of children since 2007. The charity are launching a campaign to encourage more people to consider adoption.