The council is urging people from a diverse range of background to consider adoption a child as part of a national campaign.

The #YouCanAdopt campaign is designed to dispel myths around adoption eligibility.

In Swindon, on average, 15 children every year need a family to adopt them.

Swindon Borough Council is working with Adopt Thames Valley, the regional adoption agency who manage adoption in the town.

Councillor Mary Martin, Swindon Borough Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, said: “The future of many children in Swindon is dependent on adults taking the first step towards becoming an adoptive parent.

“Some people rule themselves out of considering adoption because of misconceptions and outdated views, but so many people have the qualities to be a great parent. Love, time and commitment are three of the most important attributes you can have.

“Adopting a child is rewarding and life changing. If you can provide a safe, loving, stable home for a child or children who need it, the chances are you can adopt.”

Anyone looking to find out more about adoption or who wants to take that next step and apply should visit or call 0800 731 0171.