Number of children being successfully adopted rises in North East Lincolnshire
THE number of children being successfully adopted in North East Lincolnshire has risen by almost 80 per cent since this time last year.
At this time last year North East Lincolnshire Council had 17 children approved for adoption, while this year of 33 children in the borough currently waiting for a family, 30 have now been approved for adoption.
And, while there is still a shortfall in the required number of prospective parents coming forward, the number has risen, with 32 new applicants expressing an interest in giving a child a home since April 1 last year.
The local figures are being heralded as good news following national reports that councils which turn away would-be adoptive parents for spurious reasons face being stripped of their right to run the service.
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The move is part of a Government drive to tackle the "chronic" national shortage of prospective adopters and a backlog of 4,600 children waiting to be adopted.
However, it is not thought this will be an issue in North East Lincolnshire where, in the past two years, no potential adoptive parents have been turned down.
In fact, 15 have already been approved this year – an increase of 25 per cent on last year – with all failed adoptions being as a result of the prospective parents deciding not to go ahead.
Statistics released by the Department for Education also show that on average, across 2010, 2011 and 2012, 68 per cent of children in the borough moved in with their adoptive families within 21 months of being taken into care.
The national average is 56 per cent for the same period and, when it came to neighbouring authorities, only Lincolnshire County Council and North Lincolnshire Council had higher averages, with 72 per cent and 70 per cent respectively.
This compares to just 50 per cent in Kingston Upon Hull and 40 per cent in the East Riding. The figures also reveal that of those children adopted during that period in North East Lincolnshire, 27 per cent ceased to be classed as "looked after".
This is in comparison with 12 per cent nationally, 23 per cent in Hull, 18 per cent in Lincolnshire and 15 per cent in both North Lincolnshire and the East Riding.
A spokesman for NELC said the figures were a "reflection" of the work done in the borough to ensure children are taken away from abusive families at an early age and settled with safe and loving adoptive families.
She added: "Making the decision to adopt is one of the biggest steps anyone can make; it can also be the most rewarding. Adoption is all about making a difference to a child's life by providing a stable, loving and permanent home.
"If adopters choose to adopt with North East Lincolnshire's adoption team they will be guaranteed to receive excellent support from a small committed and friendly team, with a wealth of experience.
"The team offer excellent post adoption support and received an outstanding recent Ofsted report."
The children currently awaiting families include sibling groups of two and three children who need to stay together, children over the age of one, older children and children with specific health needs.
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If you are interested becoming an adoptive parent, please contact the Adoption Team direct on 01472 325545, email email@example.com or visit the website at www.nelincs.gov.uk/adoption
CARING for a child is one of the most stressful, expensive, frustrating and time-consuming events in any adult’s life...
But it is also one of the most fulfilling, rewarding and positive paths that any man or woman chooses to take.
Of course all that is said above only really applies if parents take their responsibilities seriously .
Unfortunately there are individuals out there who decide, for whatever reason, not to take the full load of responsibility that comes with the birth of a child.
Their children may well end up neglected, or even in care.
Then there are others, who, realising the enormity of what they have done, make what must often be the heartbreaking decision to give their children up – for the sake of their future.
And this is where adoption comes in – and the families who decide to welcome these children into their homes.
Such people deserve an enormous amount of respect.
And what they get in return for their kindness will be the love of another person as they grow and the massive satisfaction of knowing they have helped create a good future for a child.