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Severe shortage of people adopting in Wales

Almost half of adults surveyed think being unemployed or overweight would discredit them from adopting a child.

Harmful myths surrounding adoption are contributing to a severe shortage of people adopting in Wales, a new study shows.

Figures released by the British Association of Adoption and Fostering shows almost half of Welsh adults surveyed think being unemployed or overweight would discredit them from adopting a child.

The number of Welsh children in care has risen by 25 per cent over the past five years.

Experts think these misunderstandings are preventing hundreds of children in Wales from finding a permanent home.

Plans to speed up adoption process

The Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services says she can "learn a lot from families" who have already been through the adoption process, as she tries to eliminate delays in the system. Gwenda Thomas met a family who have adopted two of their three children in Cardiff this morning.

Any delay to a child’s case can be detrimental to their prospects for adoption and we are looking at all possible ways to help a child settle with their adoptive family sooner. The new national adoption service will work with existing agencies, in ensuring that children languishing in care... are not left one more day than is necessary. I want to eliminate waiting lists for prospective adopters, who routinely face delays for training and assessment, improve the matching process, allay adoption breakdown by a comprehensive adoption support service and streamline the adoption process.

– Gwenda Thomas, Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services

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