A fresh appeal has gone out to families in Buckinghamshire to consider adopting a child, after the government announced changes to the application procedure.
From now on would-be adopters can look further afield for children, giving them a greater say in the process.
Angela Macpherson, Bucks County Council spokesman for children services, welcomed the latest government changes and said more people were needed to adopt children.
The Government’s initiative will allow would-be adopters to check online which agencies can best help them to adopt a child, instead of being limited to their local areas.
There are more than 60 children in Bucks waiting to find permanent homes. Potential parents are being encouraged to come forward to provide a family and stability for some of the county’s most vulnerable children.
Councillor Macpherson said: “Our aim, for all children, is to give them the best possible life chances, which means offering the opportunity to adopt to the widest possible range of people.
“Adoption is life changing for adoptive parents and children, creating a family for a child who needs love and stability to achieve their potential.”
In the last year, BCC has seen an increase in both the numbers of children approved for adoption and the number of approved adopters, but with an average of 11 children coming into its care every month, the council still needs to recruit more adopters.”
Ms Macpherson added: “Where adoption is in a child’s best interests we want to make sure that they can be matched with a family as soon as possible. At the moment some children have to wait too long and we urgently need more people to come forward so that they can make sure these children can have the family life they deserve.”
The authority wants to hear from married couples, single people, unmarried couples and same sex couples who want to adopt. Adopters must be over 21 and many people successfully adopt into their 40s and early 50s. Childless couples and those with children, including those with older children, are welcome to apply.