North Devon, Torridge and Torbay need adopters

(Last Updated On: August 14, 2019)

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We have a shortage of potential adopters in North Devon, Torridge and Torbay, and it’s making it difficult to give children permanent homes.

Adopt South West’s Service Manager, Kath Drescher, says:

“We have approved adopters across the south west region, but we don’t have sufficient numbers in some areas, and having that geographic spread of approved adopters is really important.

“In some parts of the region we have a concentration of approved adopters, but sometimes we need to find the right match with individuals and families outside those areas. And North Devon, Torridge and Torbay are areas where we currently have too few.”

The call comes as Adopt South West, the regional adoption agency covering Devon, Torbay, Plymouth and Somerset, confirms that they have 117 children currently awaiting adoption, ranging in age from babies to school age children.

If you would like to chat to someone about becoming an adopter, even to help you decide whether it could be right for you, please call Adopt South West on 0345 155 1076. Or email them on

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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!