Leeds & West Yorkshire

Calderdale campaign bids to increase adoption numbers

A West Yorkshire council has said it has "streamlined" its adoption process in an attempt to boost the number of prospective parents.

Calderdale Council said it had cut the average time to arrange an adoption from 18 months to six.

The authority is also launching an advertising campaign to try to find homes for the 40 children awaiting adoption.

Currently, an average of 12 children a year are found families.

The council's Labour leader, Tim Swift said: "Our aim is to treble that number to place more of our children with families in the local region, which will minimise the disruption for the child and also help us to more easily support the new family."

The shortfall in the number of adoptions means the council places some children with families who live outside the area.

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