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Fostering and Adoption

There is currently a nationwide shortage of adoptive parents and people from Devon and Cornwall – roughly within an hour’s drive of Plymouth – are urgently needed to adopt children from Plymouth. Every year between 30 and 40 children from Plymouth are looking for an adoptive family, with not enough families to adopt them. As a result, there are often a number of children waiting in foster care for a permanent family. For some children, the wait can be as long as two years, and Plymouth City Council would like to see no child wait for longer than six months.

The Plymouth City Council website contains information about the adoption process and dispels some of the myths about who can, and who can’t, adopt.

Foster parents are always needed – for comprehensive information about fostering visit the Plymouth City Council website.

Is your child living with another family? Are you looking after someone else’s child? Plymouth City Council information about private fostering – when a child or young person (generally under 16 years old) is looked after for 28 days or more by someone who is not a close relative, guardian or person with parental responsibility.

Further information can also be found at the website for the British Association for Adoption and Fostering.

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