Give a child a home

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BARNARDOS is urging anyone considering adoption to take the first step towards providing a loving home for a child around Mother’s Day.

Just over 3,000 children were placed with families for adoption last year in England, but there are an estimated 64,000 children across the country still in desperate need of a loving home.

Barnardo’s Yorkshire assistant director Dot Jarvis said: “There are thousands of children out there who are looking for a mum and are desperate to become part of a loving family.

“The time around Mother’s Day, when we’re all thinking about the importance of family, is the perfect time to take the first step.”

Adoptive parents come from a variety of backgrounds and can be single, married or in a stable relationship.

The charity is particularly looking for people who can care for sibling groups, black and minority ethnic children, disabled children and those with challenging behaviour, but is happy to talk to anyone who feels they can offer a child a stable, caring and safe home.

For more information or for an informal chat, call Adoption and Fostering Barnardo’s Yorkshire on 0870 2408342 or visit www.barnardos.org.uk/adoptionandfostering.