Council's 'outstanding' foster care

PUBLISHED: 17:00 11 January 2012

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ADOPTION services in Somerset have been rated as 'outstanding' by an independent inspection.

An Ofsted report found that Somerset County Council’s adoption service was ‘of exceptionally high quality.’

Cllr John Osman, cabinet member for children and young people at the council, said: “This inspection result is fantastic and welcome recognition for the adoption team in Somerset, who work hard every day to find loving and secure families for children in care.”

The inspection team praised the adoption service for their thorough assessment of potential adopters and their successful matching of children with parents.

The news comes after the council revealed a need for more foster carers last month.

It issued an appeal for an extra 50 foster carers in the next 12 months.

More than 500 children are currently in care in Somerset, up from 370 three years ago.

Cllr Osman said: “We have children, particularly sibling groups, waiting for a new mum or dad right now and we need more couples and single people to come forward to give them a home.

“If you feel you have space in your life to give a child or group of children a loving and secure home then please go online or phone us for an information pack.”

To find out more information about adoption and becoming an adopter visit www.adoptioninsomerset.org.uk or phone 0800 587 9900.

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