Government-funded information site First4Adoption attracted more than 96,000 users in the twelve months to March.
First4Adoption was set up to address a shortage of adopters and provides “clear and impartial information about adopting”.
Their website has received 94,752 visits in the 12 months since it opened last April, and an additional 2,000 plus people contacted its information line.
Of those visits and enquiries, 6,800 went on to contact a local adoption agency.
Meanwhile, a new ‘Adoption Leadership Board’ has been set up to “drive improvements in the adoption system”. It will be headed by Sir Martin Narey.
Children’s Minister Edward Timpson said:
“Adopting a child is one of the most challenging but rewarding decisions a person can make. It is fantastic news that after just 12 months more than 96,000 people have reached out to this vital service.
However, we know there is still a shortage of adopters and that work needs to be done to ensure the 6,000 children who need a safe and caring home are placed more quickly.
That is why our new Adoption Leadership Board – headed up by Sir Martin Narey – will play an important role in ensuring that not only local authorities and adoption agencies stay on track, but that we do what we can to improve the system and recruit even more adopters than ever before.”