The government are introducing a series of measures in order to ease the adoption process, including a telephone hotline, interactive map and dedicated website.
The map, which will show where children who have been ‘approved for adoption’ are in England, is designed to help potential parents get clearer information on children waiting to be adopted in their area.
A new telephone hotline has also opened today, offering advice on different routes of adoption and what support is available.
The current arrangement has been criticised for being too complex, meaning there are many children throughout the country waiting to be adopted and a deficit of adults able to navigate the system.
Today’s changes are to be bolstered later in 2013 by a national ‘Gateway To Adoption’ website, aiming to provide a clear single point for parents to begin their adoption journey.
Children’s minister, Edward Timpson has commented, “We know many potential adopters out there can provide children with loving, stable homes but simply don’t know where to start.
“These new tools will give many more people support in taking the first steps to adopting a child and giving them the chance to succeed in life.”
Visit the Governments online adoption map site , or for more information call the hotline on 0300 222 0022.