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A CHARITY is calling for more people to consider adoption after highlighting a “chronic shortage” of people coming forward.

Next week is national Adoption Week and Barnardo’s in the North-East is hoping to find more people to offer stable and loving homes.

They say there are children who “urgently need to be settled into a new family”.

Charity officials want to hear from anyone interested in adoption or fostering – no matter what race, religion, age or sexual orientation.

Couples do not need to be married, but should be in stable relationships and single people are welcome to apply.

Barnardo’s has over 100 years’ experience of finding families for children. It specialises in finding adoptive families for children who tend to wait longer to be matched with adopters including older children, disabled children and children with learning difficulties and children from black and minority ethnic backgrounds.

It also works to help keep brothers and sisters together when they are adopted.

In return, it offers extensive preparation and training to adopters and provide a high level of emotional, practical and legal support to children and their adoptive families for as long as may be necessary after the adoption has taken place. Anyone wanting to find out more should contact (0191) 4929000.