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Could You Give A Child Home In Dorset?

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8:42am 3rd November 2014

National Adoption week starts today, and Dorset County Council is looking for more people who can give a child the loving family they deserve.

Over the last two years, 37 children have been adopted in Dorset and there are currently 14 children waiting to be placed with a family.

Adopters are needed for children from birth onwards, but the county council is particularly looking for those who can care for older children and siblings.

Cllr Rebecca Knox, Cabinet member for children's safeguarding and families at Dorset County Council, said:

"People often think of very young children or babies when they think about adoption. We are always looking for people to adopt children of all ages, but particularly those who would like to provide a forever family for older children.

"If you think you could offer a child or sibling group a loving and supportive upbringing, please get in touch and find out more. There are very few restrictions and our record for placing children with a family is one of the best in the country."

Dorset resident Jane (not her real name) and her husband adopted their daughter when she was 8-years-old. She said:

"The good thing about adopting an older child is that you get to know more about their personality and interests before they become a part of your family. When we saw the profile of Sophie* we could see that she had similar hobbies to us, such as sports and being outdoors. We were also more aware of her needs and she could communicate with us, as she was that bit older.

"If you are considering adoption, please don't be scared by the age - it's the best the thing we ever did."

To find out more, call the council's adoption team on 01305 228200 or visit www.dorsetforyou.com/adoption

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