‘I want Father Christmas to know where I live’: new parents needed for 63 children in Northamptonshire

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Parents are needed to provide a loving home for 63 children in Northamptonshire who will spend this Christmas without a family.

Adoptive parents need to be over the age of 21 and be able to provide a stable home for a child until adulthood.

One of the children looking for a permanent home is Olivia, aged three, who said she wanted Father Christmas “to know where she lived.”

Councillor Heather Smith, county council deputy leader and cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Christmas is all about spending time with your family and it’s heart-breaking to think that there are children in Northamptonshire who won’t wake up on Christmas morning in a loving home with their forever family.

“Every child deserves a secure, stable and loving family who will support them into adulthood, and this festive season we’re asking prospective parents if they could offer that home environment to one of the 63 children waiting to be adopted.”

Adopters can be single, married or co-habiting as a same sex or heterosexual couple.

The county council is also looking for foster carers who can provide a temporary home for children and young people until they can return to their own family.

Information about adoption is available by visiting www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/adoption, while details on how to apply to become a foster carer can be found at www.fosterme.co.uk.