The government has awarded a £500,000 start-up grant to each of three new voluntary adoption agencies.
Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption, based in Cambridge and Huntingdon, ARC Adoption North East, based in Sunderland, and Midlands agency Adopters for Adoption, were awarded the funding after they committed to each finding 100 adopters in their first three years.
The new agencies will join the existing 25 voluntary agencies across England. Each helps to recruit and assess potential adoptive parents.
Children’s Minister Edward Timpson said:
“It’s great to see three new agencies opening their doors today as a direct result of the government’s investment, finding and helping up to 300 potential adopters across the country. With more than 6,000 children still waiting for a loving home, it’s vital we continue to do all that we can to recruit new parents and give voluntary adoption agencies a key role in boosting the number of adopters further.”
Meanwhile, a new Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies will oversee the distribution of a £13 million government expansion fund for voluntary agencies.
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