Agency in appeal for adoptive parents

THIRTY children in Suffolk are waiting to be adopted, an agency has revealed.

Suffolk Adoption Agency highlighted the growing number of ‘looked after’ youngsters, who are under the local authority’s care and in need of a good home, as part of National Adoption Week.

They are now urging prospective parents to consider adopting – especially older children aged three years and over.

Suffolk county councillor Beccy Hopfensperger, who sits on the agency’s adoption panel, said the situation in Suffolk mirrored the national picture with more people reporting their concerns about children’s welfare following publicity of the Baby P case.

Cllr Hopfensperger, of Bury St Edmunds, said: “When there’s a financial downturn it’s harder for families and that also increases the number of children in care so although it is a lot it isn’t any different to the national picture.

“We’re really trying to get families who are looking to adopt boys particularly from the ages of five to 10. They’re often harder to match with families because, more often than not, they’re more complex cases.

“There’s a training programme for the family. They get to go to focus groups with other parents, learn about childcare and also the complexities which could arise through looking after a child who has been in care.”

As part of her role on the panel, Cllr Hopfensperger helps to approve people for adoption and match them with a child. They also decide whether a child should be placed for adoption.

She added: “It’s a very emotional task but it’s very important and rewarding.”

For further information about adoption visit www.suffolkadoption.com or call 08003899417.