Increase in adoption inquiries in Gloucestershire

Nearly four times as many people have shown an interest in adoption in Gloucestershire after a week-long awareness campaign.

Thirty people contacted the county council in November compared to a monthly average of eight inquiries.

During National Adoption Week the council had stands in shops across the county and coverage in local media.

Over the last 18 months the council said 32 children had been adopted.

It said many more children in the county still needed to find homes.

Councillor Paul McLain, from Gloucestershire County Council, said: "The authority has made significant strides in making the adoption process clearer and as straightforward as possible.

"We'll be offering our new prospective parents every bit of support and advice they might need."

He added that there was no upper age limit for people who wanted to adopt.

The council said it would like to hear from married and unmarried couples, single people, lesbian and gay couples and individuals.

It would also consider people who have their own children, homeowners or those renting property.

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