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Adoption Scheme To Help 'Overlooked' Children

It is hoped the new project will give prospective parents training, guidance and support to streamline the adoptive process.

A new project is aiming to find and train more adoptive parents for children who, because of age or ethnicity, might be overlooked.

The scheme has been developed by the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies (CVAA) and professional services firm Baker Tilly, with 18 voluntary adoption agencies helping them to set it up.

CVAA chairwoman Jan Fishwick, chief executive of adoption agency Parents And Children Together (PACT) which is to take part in the project, said: "There are many families who have a desire to adopt and who would provide a loving, stable home for these children.

"However, they may not have considered adopting an older child, they may doubt their own abilities, or be worried about a lack of long term support.

"We hope that this scheme will encourage them to come forward in the knowledge that they will receive comprehensive training and guaranteed guidance and support throughout the early years."

It is hoped 100 placements will be found every year through the scheme, with that number rising to more than 300 with additional funding.

Private investors will fund 24-hour support for parents in the first two years of adoption to reduce the chance of placements failing.

Click here for the PACT website.

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