STAFFS: Seventy-eight children in Staffordshire are on a waiting list for adoption.
Courts have ruled that the children must be adopted and Staffordshire County Council is now appealing for suitable families to come forward.
It takes on average 612 days for a Staffordshire child to be adopted after entering the care system.
Places for children aged under two are a particular problem.
Latest figures show the council have placed 46 children with adoptive families since April, compared with 41 last year. County Councillor Mike Lawrence, cabinet member for children's wellbeing, said: "We have improved our performance by ensuring assessments of adopters are carried out within the legal requirement of eight months. "Early referrals of children for family finding and adherence to shorter court timescales have also helped us to speed up the processes."
TUNSTALL: A date has been set for the inquest into the deaths of an elderly couple in a car crash.
William and Jean Burrows were killed in a three-car smash on the A523 Ashbourne Road, near Leek, on February 18.
The couple, of Sproston Road, Tunstall, were in a red Fiat Punto which collided with a silver Renault Kangoo and a green Skoda Octavia.
The couple had been due to celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary later this year.
The inquest takes place at North Staffordshire Coroner's Court, in Hartshill Road, Hartshill, at 2pm on Wednesday, January 23.
CONGLETON: Coronation Street legend Ken Barlow was due in South Cheshire today to pass on his acting skills to children.
William Roache was due to work with drama students at Congleton High School in a day of acting workshops.