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A hundred people say they want to provide a “forever family” for children in care
Tuesday 13th November, 2012

Almost a hundred people have said they would be interested in providing a “forever family” for a child in care.

The prospective adopters got in touch with the WWiSH adoption service after a major recruitment drive last week – timed to coincide with National Adoption Week. They’ve all expressed interest in finding out more about the process of giving a home to a child.

WWiSH is the combined service run by Warrington, Wigan and St. Helens councils. It currently has 63 children waiting to be placed with adopted families. There’s a shortfall in the number of adopters compared to the number of children needing homes.

That’s why a major marketing campaign to recruit adopters was launched last week. Information sessions were held in the three council areas, promotional material was distributed throughout the region and the WWiSH website was re-launched. Almost 100 people have said they would be interested in adopting a child and have been sent full information packs including initial application forms.

Ruth Fitzgerald, adoption manager at WWiSH, said: “The early response has been fantastic. Obviously there’s a long process to go through before a child is placed with a family. But to have so many people just show an interest is very encouraging.

“The shortfall in the number of adopters, compared to the number of children needing a home, has been a problem for some time – and it has been getting worse. Hopeful we have taken the first steps in addressing that issue.”

Could you provide a forever family for a child awaiting adoption? If so, please contact WWiSH - call 01942 487272, email wwish@wigan.gov.uk or go online at www.wwish.org.uk

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