The government-funded information site First4Adoption has attracted more than 96,000 users in its first 12 months.
The website received 94,752 visits in the 12 months since it opened last April, and an additional 2,000 plus people contacted its information line to discuss adoption.
Of those visits and enquiries, 6,800 went on to contact a local adoption agency, a number which has been viewed as a great success for the new venture.
The website aims to give “clear and impartial information about adopting” and is designed to try to combat the huge numbers of children awaiting adoption in the UK.
The latest figures from the ONS showed that in 2013 more than 6,000 children were going through the adoption process with only 1,800 prospective parents approved and waiting to look after them in a permanent placement.
Children’s Minister Edward Timpson said:
“Adopting a child is one of the most challenging but rewarding decisions a person can make. It is fantastic news that after just 12 months more than 96,000 people have reached out to this vital service.
“However, we know there is still a shortage of adopters and that work needs to be done to ensure the 6,000 children who need a safe and caring home are placed more quickly.
“That is why our new Adoption Leadership Board – headed up by Sir Martin Narey – will play an important role in ensuring that not only local authorities and adoption agencies stay on track, but that we do what we can to improve the system and recruit even more adopters than ever before.”
You can find out more about adoption at First4Adoption here.
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