Adopt SW prioritises search for adoptive families

Adopt South West prepares to re-launch its TV campaign this week with emphasis falling on encouraging those who would consider adopting ‘priority’ children to come forward.

The appeal comes as Somerset County Council joins the partnership alongside Barnardo’s, Devon County Council, and Families for Children, Plymouth City Council and Torbay Council, to promote adoption.

With much attention being drawn to the decline in adoption placements of young children and babies across the UK, Adopt South West is keen to find adoptive families for those children whose numbers continue to grow, including  sibling groups (brothers & sisters who need to stay together), children aged 4 and older, and children with additional needs.

The partnership is also keen to hear from those who may consider Fostering to Adopt. This initiative sees the placement of children with approved adopters who are given approval temporarily as foster carers for a specific child.

This is a good option as the child will live with their likely adoptive family from a young age and be able to form attachments.

Julian Wooster, from Adopt South West says: “We know there are many people out there who could give a school-age child, and brothers and sisters, the safe, stable and loving family they deserve. Our priority now, across the Adopt South West partnership, is finding those big-hearted individuals who can become a forever family for children who wait the longest.

“We also really want to hear from people who can give a young child the warm, safe and secure start they need in life, through Fostering to Adopt. This initiative places a child with a family who will start off as their foster carers and likely go on to adopt that child if that is the best solution.

“There is no such thing as the ‘ideal’ or ‘perfect’ adoptive family. You might be a single man or woman without children, a single parent, living with a long-term partner, or married – whatever your circumstances, what we care about most, is what you have to offer a child. Please visit to find out more.”

For more information about Adopt South West and to enquire, visit or call 0800 083 2227.

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