In 18 of the 32 boroughs, including Southwark, Croydon and Islington, the wait can be up to three years. In six local authorities children can expect to be placed with an adoptive family in just over a year.
Today’s figures indicate that that there are around 4,600 children in England waiting for an adoptive family.
Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson said:
“Too many children are waiting too long. I want to encourage everyone thinking about adopting to take the first steps to offering a child the love and stability that they so desperately need.”
The Department for Education recently launched a national information service for people considering adoption, called First4Adoption.
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