Joy as Somerset adoption rates double

PUBLISHED: 16:14 28 August 2012

More youngsters are being spared a childhood in care as adoption rates increase.

More youngsters are being spared a childhood in care as adoption rates increase.

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THE number of children being adopted in Somerset doubled last year – a huge increase compared to a national rise of just six per cent.

Somerset County Council has been campaigning for families to come forward to help offer care and support to children in need.

The campaign was launched because the amount of children in care across the county has risen from 370 to more than 500 in the past four years.

But the number of children finding new, permanent homes rose from 19 to 38 during the 2011-12.

The authority’s cabinet member for children and families, Frances Nicholson, said the figures were encouraging – but further increases are being targeted.

Cllr Nicholson said: “I am so glad that we have been able to find adoptive parents for more children in care in Somerset so that they can have a stable home and a loving family.

“To have doubled the number last year is a great achievement. However, there is much more to do, and we must not slacken in our effort to find more potential adopters in the county.”

To find out more about adoption in Somerset visit or call 0800 5879900.

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