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The number of babies being adopted in Britain has plunged by 20 per cent in the last year, Government figures have shown.
Only 76 children under one were permanently taken on by UK families in 2011, down from 95 in 2010. David Cameron is trying to speed up the process because many children are stuck in care for long periods from birth, despite prospective parents being desperate to adopt them.
At the moment people have to wait on average two and a half years to have their application processed but the Prime Minister wants this down to three months.
Today is the start of National Adoption Week – Have you ever considering adopting a child? Thousands of children are taken into care every year. Of these many are never lucky enough to become part of a secure loving long-term family. This important week reminds us there are kids out there waiting to be taken in by someone who will make them part of their own family and give them the ‘forever home’ they are longing for.
These children, and many others are waiting in Eastern Europe for their families. More info at www.PositivelyOrphaned.com.
All of the children are from a country which requires 2 trips.
There are no restrictions on family size.
Both parents must be younger than 60 years.
Multiple children can be adopted simultaneously (from the same orphanage).
Married couples and single mothers may apply.