Wednesday, April 12, 2017
The county council is always looking for adopters, but encouraging people to come forward to find out more about the different children who need permanent, loving homes will be the special focus of a regional campaign this month.
This year's North West Adoption Fortnight campaign is called #parentswanted, and runs from Monday 17 April to Sunday 30 April. It will highlight the need for adopters who can offer homes for children of all ages especially older children, siblings, children from black and ethnic minority (BME) and mixed heritage backgrounds, and children with specific needs.
Amanda Hatton, Lancashire County Council's director of children's services, said: "The need to find families for some of our most vulnerable children remains right at the heart of this #parentswanted regional campaign.
"It's a sad fact that some children are simply unable to remain with their birth family, for many different reasons. Adoption is one of the best ways we know of giving these children a new family for life.
"We want to encourage people from all backgrounds to think about adoption. What matters most to us is that you can help a child recover from the reasons why they came in to care and provide a loving home where you can support and look after a child throughout their childhood and beyond."
Consideration is given to anyone who wishes to adopt, regardless of their age, marital status, sexuality, cultural background or gender. There are no strict rules about whether people should have jobs, own their own homes or have their own children.
The only requirement is that adopters must be over 21 and live within Lancashire or nearby.
The county council is keen to hear from a broad range of prospective adopters, including single people and couples, same-sex and heterosexual, from all religious backgrounds or none.
People can help spread the word about adopting with Lancashire County Council on their online channels. This can be done by:
• Following the county council on Twitter @LancashireCC and searching for #LancsAdoption for messages to retweet.
• Liking the county council on Facebook at www.facebook.com/lancashirecc and sharing the posts about adoption.
• Following the North West Adoption Fortnight campaign and searching for #parentswanted
By doing this people can help to spread the word to their friends and family, their colleagues and maybe the organisations they work with.
Anyone interested in finding out more about adoption can contact the county council by:
• Calling the friendly adoption team on 0300 123 6723.
• Visiting the website at www.lancashire.gov.uk/adoption and filling in the enquiry form
• Attending an information evening (details of these are on the website).
Lancashire County Council is part of Adopt North West, a regional adoption recruitment project that is funded by 22 local authorities in the North West.
During the campaign, the county council will be supporting the regional initiative, but also running its own campaign aimed at recruiting adopters for the children in its care. The promotional activity will focus on finding forever homes for those harder to place children.
More information is available about Adopt North West at www.adoptnorthwest.co.uk, follow the campaign at @Adopt_NW search for #parentswanted or watch the video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpbW0H3ze-I&feature=youtu.be
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