Map launched to help find homes for children in care

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A new map has been published that shows the parts of England where children are waiting for adoption.

The aim is to make it easier for families who want to give a child a permanent home by adopting them.

The government wants to bring down the number of kids living in childrens' homes, or in temporary foster homes, which can sometimes be unsettling for them.

A phone hotline for people who want to adopt has also been launched.

"Loving, stable homes"

Ministers say many people are put off adopting by how long it takes, leaving around four thousand children waiting to find a family.

Children's Minister Edward Timpson said: "We know many potential adopters out there can provide children with loving, stable homes but simply don't know where to start.

"These new tools will give many more people support in taking the first steps to adopting a child and giving them the chance to succeed in life."

But the people in charge of adoption and other children's services in England's councils - the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) - say the map isn't the only answer.

Andrew Webb, vice president of the ADCS, said: "The map does not give a full illustration of a complex and moving picture, but we hope it will help illustrate that there are still children waiting to be adopted in every part of the country and encourage those who are interested in adoption to come forward".

To find out more about what it's like for children growing up in care, check out the Newsround special: The Real Tracy Beaker.