Thanks for backing National Adoption Week

I WOULD like to thank everyone who contributed to and supported this year’s National Adoption Week campaign organized by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF).

This year’s campaign focused on dispelling the myths around who is eligible to adopt and asked people not to rule themselves out, but to ‘rule yourself in’.

The week encouraged people to come forward to become prospective adopters. As minister for adoption, I know that we can only deliver our adoption reforms for all the children waiting for an adoptive family if enough suitable people come forward.

It’s clear, however, that still too many of those who are interested in adopting children find the process to be frustrating. So we’ve published scorecards which show how long adoption takes in different parts of the country in an effort to improve performance. We are also reforming the law to make adoption swifter.

National Adoption Week may be over for another year, but thousands of children are still waiting for a ‘forever’ family. I urge anyone who is considering adoption to seriously think about whether there might be room in their life for a child or a sibling group. There was in my own family and it has enriched all our lives. If you are deliberating over whether adoption is for you, please visit www.nationaladoptionweek.org.uk which is available all year round with information and advice to help you.

EDWARD TIMPSON,

Children and Families Minister,

Department for Education,

Westminster.