AS the number of children in need of loving, nurturing homes continues to grow, the regional adoption agency for West Yorkshire - One Adoption - is urging people to consider adoption as a route to building or extending their family this New Year.

Current statistics show that the number of children in Yorkshire who have a plan for adoption outnumber those coming forward to be adoptive parents by three to one. Across West Yorkshire there are over 150 children waiting to find their permanent family.

The children, much like adopters, come from a variety of backgrounds, from groups of brothers and sisters, to children with additional needs or those just that little bit older, all of whom need a family to grow up in. One Adoption welcomes adopters from all walks of life, regardless of race, religion, sexuality or marital status. What matters is that adopters are able to give children who might not have had a great start in life, a stable and happy home through to adulthood.

Councillor Fiona Venner, chair of the West Yorkshire Adoption Joint Committee, said: “The close working relationship between One Adoption West Yorkshire and all local authorities in the region means that we have been able to streamline processes and reduce the amount of time some children wait to find a permanent home. Unfortunately this isn’t the case for all children - those in sibling groups or from minority ethnic backgrounds do tend to wait longer, so we really need more people to come forward who feel they can offer these children a stable, loving home. By adopting through One Adoption West Yorkshire parents are able to benefit from many years of expertise and are supported throughout the whole process by a highly experienced, dedicated adoption support team. There is a comprehensive programme of pre and post adoption training and support available to all adoptive families.”

One Adoption West Yorkshire holds regular information events across the region where people can hear about the kind of children who are waiting to be adopted, learn about the process and talk to social workers and experienced adopters. Events are being held at The Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds on Saturday 25th January at 10am and The Mercure Bradford Bankfield Hotel on Tuesday 4th February at 6.30pm. There is no need to book on these events.

Visit the One Adoption website or call the advice line on 0113 3783535.

One Adoption West Yorkshire is a regional adoption agency providing the adoption services for all five councils in the area: Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield.