County's vulnerable kids require homes

SUFFOLK: An urgent appeal was today made for would-be parents after it emerged many of the county's most vulnerable children require homes.

SUFFOLK: An urgent appeal was today made for would-be parents after it emerged many of the county's most vulnerable children require homes.

Suffolk County Council's Adoption Agency said there was a shortfall in those willing to adopt youngsters with additional needs and “uncertainties about their future health and development”.

A number of these children have a background of drug or alcohol misuse, learning difficulties or mental health problems.

A council spokesman said: “Many of our children have experienced a difficult start to their lives. A number are of dual heritage and would benefit from families that can promote this.

“The one thing these children all share is their vulnerability and need for a loving and secure family home.”

Suffolk adoption agency considers applicants from a variety of backgrounds so as to reflect the diversity of the children its care. This includes people who are married, unmarried, same sex couples, couples living together and in civil partnerships, and single people.

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Last year 72 children in Suffolk were found a new family and legally adopted, but there are still more than 15 children, including sibling groups, waiting for adoptive families of their own.

They include brothers and sisters, toddlers and children up to the age of nine.

The adoption agency is seeking people who have the right qualities, the stamina and the potential to understand the needs of these children.

Sally Stoker, head of adoption, said: “We support adopters from the day we receive their initial enquiry. This support continues throughout the adoption training and in-depth assessment.”

To apply to adopt you must be over 21, although there is no legal upper age limit, however you need to have a reasonable expectation of parenting a child into adult life.

You could already be a parent or childless, and you do not have to own your own home, as long as you have security and space to care for children as they grow.

Call 0800 389 9417 or visit www.suffolkadoption.com for details.

Are you an adopter? Tell us your story - write to Newsdesk, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail starnews@eveningstar.co.uk

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