Portsmouth families are needed urgently to adopt children

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MORE families are needed to adopt children, is the urgent plea from Portsmouth City Council.

It has launched a new website to find more people willing to adopt as it has a number of children in need of homes.

Jackie Clark, manager of the adoption service, said: ‘Our children need permanent, stable and caring families.

‘Many have had a challenging start to life and they deserve the chance to live a happy and fulfilled childhood.’

There is no upper age limit to adoption, but you must be over 21, in good health, have a stable lifestyle and the energy to look after a child. Marital status does not matter, nor do you have to own your own home.

Portsmouth Adoption Services provide preparation and training as well as ongoing guidance.

Cllr Rob Wood, cabinet member for children’s services, said: ‘We really need more adopters to offer a Portsmouth child a loving home.

‘The new website is a fantastic way of sharing more information with prospective adopters and an easier way to register interest with us. Please take a look at the site and share it via social media to help spread the word.’

To find out more go online at adoption.portsmouth.gov.uk or call (023) 9287 5294.