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Adoption ‘hotspots' map unveiled

Would-be adopters can now access a new map showing the areas with the highest number of children waiting for new homes.

The map shows the number of children in each local authority waiting for a family to adopt them, showing potential adopters how many children are waiting in their area and elsewhere.

A new telephone information and advice service staffed by adopters is also now open to help potential adopters navigate the process of adopting a child.

The information line, operated by First4Adoption, is funded by the Department for Education and will allow all prospective adopters to access:

  • an authoritative source of advice and information on adoption in one place;
  • signposting to suitable adoption agencies – including local authority and Voluntary Adoption Agencies; and
  • information about the entitlements to adoption support that adoptive parents have.

The announcements are part of the package of reforms set out by the Prime Minister last year to overhaul the adoption system to make it swifter, more effective and robust. It will include ways to give adopters a more active role in the process and the same rights to pay and leave as birth parents.

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