1. ITV Report

Calls to cut adoption wait in Wales

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More people across Wales are being encouraged to consider adopting as figures show 63 children are waiting more than a year for a permanent home.

The National Adoption Service identified an urgent need to develop and deliver a more targeted approach to finding families for priority children across Wales.

There were more than 300 children waiting to be adopted, but nearly one in five have been waiting for more than a year.

children waiting to be adopted at the end of June 2018.
children found new families in 2017/18
children have been waiting more than 12 months for a adoptive home.

The Minister for Children said while progress has been made, more people need to consider adoption:

I want to encourage anyone who has thought about adopting to contact their local adoption agency or the National Adoption Service for advice about the process. By adopting a child, you’re going to help make a real, transformative difference to their life.

In Wales, we’ve made significant progress in supporting people to adopt children. But we know there’s much more we need to do to provide the right level of support. I’m committed to ensuring we do what we can to put that support in place.

– Huw Irranca-Davies

This week a new project called Adopting Together, led by St David’s Children Society, was launched to help place children in homes who have been waiting the longest. The NAS say it is the first of its kind in the UK.

The scheme which will be delivered across Wales, aims to break down barriers stopping people from adopting priority children by offering training and support for the the adopter and child.