To mark this year’s National Adoption Week, Cumbria County Council has released figures showing since 2014 they have found forever families for 270 local children who needed the security and love that adoptive parents provide. These children were adopted by over 100 local families with the support of the council’s adoption team.
Cllr Anne Burns, Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services, said:
“Our supportive team are always ready to talk to people who are considering adopting, they’re here to help and there are more ways than ever before to get in touch.
“We hope National Adoption Week acts as a spark for more people in Cumbria to consider adopting and to find out more, the numbers show that people are choosing to adopt.
“I’d encourage people who are thinking about adopting a child to take that first step and contact us.”
National Adoption Week sees the county council kick start its latest campaign, dispelling the many myths and misconceptions which surround the adoption process and asking people to find out more first-hand. There’s a full month of events across the county and people can either book private appointments or attend a public information event which will be held on Tuesday 29 October, 6pm - 7pm, at The George Hotel on Devonshire Street in Penrith
Private appointment dates and more information about the children waiting, the process and the support available can be found at www.cumbria.gov.uk/adoption and on Facebook - search Fostering and Adoption with Cumbria County Council.
Cumbria County Council welcomes adopters regardless of age, marital status, gender, sexuality, disability or employment status and in most cases the process takes 6-12 months.
Children who need adoptive families come from a variety of different backgrounds, many are under the age of 6, some need to live with their brothers or sisters and some have additional needs. What the children all have in common is that they have had unsettled experiences and need the love, care and security that an adoptive family can bring to their lives forever.