People sought to become adopters or foster carers
Wakefield Council is urging people with an interest in adoption and fostering to step forward and find out more about what's involved.
The Council is looking for people to provide loving homes for babies, children and young people who cannot be cared for by their birth family.
Adoption is a permanent lifelong commitment and in the Wakefield district alone, there are 12 children – including siblings – who are up to eight and half years old - and waiting for adoptive families.
Foster carers provide a home to a baby, child or young person in the short or long term, and the length of stay can vary from days to months or years.
Cllr Olivia Rowley, cabinet member for Children and Young People, said: "This is a time of year when people often reflect on their lives and think about what is important to them.
"We would really like people who have been considering adoption or fostering to get in touch. We have children in the district who need to be adopted and others who need foster care. So I would urge anyone who believes they may be suitable to get in touch as soon as possible."
Wakefield Council is looking for adopters over the age of 21, whether they are single applicants or a couple who wish to start or add to their family through adoption.
The adoption and fostering teams need people with patience, tolerance, energy and flexibility and most importantly the ability to provide a loving and secure home for a child.
For more information please visit: www.wakefield.gov.uk/mynewfamily or call 0800 197 0320.