A WEARSIDE adoption agency has been given the ministerial seal of approval.
Arc Adoption North East, based at Sunderland’s North East Business and Innovation Centre, was visited by Children’s Minister Edward Timpson.
The company is one of three new voluntary adoption agencies in the UK, and the only one in the North, that were developed with a start-up grant as part of the Government’s reform of the adoption system.
During the minister’s visit, Mr Timpson heard about the firm’s plans to create 100 extra homes for children in need of adoption placements over the next three years.
Children and Families Minister Mr Timpson, who grew up with two adopted brothers, said: “As a direct result of the Government’s investment, this new agency is now open for business, finding and helping potential adopters across the North East and beyond.
“With thousands of children still waiting for a loving, stable home, it’s vital we continue to do all we can to recruit new parents, and voluntary adoption agencies have an important role to play in boosting numbers further.”
The organisation has been established for less than a year, but already has a number of families approved, and several children placed in loving homes.
Arc director Terry Fitzpatrick, said: “It is a privilege for us all here to work in the adoption field and we are delighted to be able to showcase the work that we are doing for children, not just in the North East but throughout the country. The Government reforms have really made a difference and the number of children adopted is at its highest level for many years. However, there are still thousands of children waiting for families.
“It is hoped Arc Adoption NE can make a valuable contribution towards finding those children a new family.”