15/10/2018

More Adoptive Parents Needed In NI

A new campaign has been launched to encourage more people to adopt in Northern Ireland, as the Health and Social Care Board reveals a lower number of applications in some areas.

There are currently about 3,000 children in care in Northern Ireland, with almost 700 of them being younger than five.

The new campaign, Adoption Changes Lives, comes during National Adoption Week which runs from 15 October for the next week.

The Health and Social Care Board has said around 90 children are adopted in NI each year.
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Marie Roulston, who is the director of social care and children with the board said it is urgently seeking adoptive parents for "many children".

The new campaign is "to help keep brothers and sisters together", according to Mrs Roulston and is aimed at children aged four and over, and those with disabilities or complex health and care needs.

"There are a lot of myths about who can and who can't adopt children.

"You can adopt if you are over 21, whether you are single or in a couple, whatever your sexual orientation, religious or ethnic background."

(JG)

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