Tuesday, July 02, 2019
Lancashire County Council is always looking for adopters, but this month there's an added focus on finding people with the launch of a new summer campaign.
Running from Monday 8 July until Sunday 4 August, the campaign will encourage people to consider adoption. New short videos have been produced to use on social media to highlight that there are children of all ages ready for a loving home.
County Councillor Phillippa Williamson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: "We're running a campaign over the summer to remind anyone wanting to start or grow their family to consider adoption.
"We need people to provide stable and loving homes for children and young people who cannot live with their own families, on a permanent basis.
"We always need more adoptive parents from all walks of life, and I want to remind people that we welcome applications from people of all ages, single, married, cohabiting, in same-sex relationships, with or without their own children, working or not.
"This campaign will have a strong focus on social media. We have produced a number of videos showing a child or children sharing what they love doing with their family. We hope that these will demonstrate that what children and young people need most of all are people to stand by them.
"They need to be with people who have a caring nature, who enjoy being with children and have a determination to see it through.
"The only requirements to be considered as adoptive parents, are to be over 21, and living in or close to Lancashire."
The county council recognises that adoptive families require support at different times and even when the adoption has taken place and provides a range of support services and advice.
A broad range of prospective adopters, including single people and couples, same-sex and heterosexual, from all religious backgrounds or none are encouraged to find out more.
Consideration is given to anyone who wishes to adopt, regardless of their age, marital status, sexuality or gender. There are no strict rules about whether people should have jobs, their own homes or have their own children.
The only legal requirement is that adopters must be over 21 and live within Lancashire or nearby.
Adoptive parents are needed for children from young babies up to eight years of age, and particularly for the following groups:
• Children aged over four, either gender
• Children with special needs, disabilities or unpredictable medical issues
• Boys of all ages
• Mixed-heritage children of all ages
A range of adoption support services and advice is available to anyone who has adopted a child. Adoptive families require support at different times and even when you've adopted, the council council will continue to provide support for you.
People can spread the word about adopting with Lancashire County Council on their own social media 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/lancashireccand sharing the posts about adoption.
By doing this people can help to spread the word to their friends and family, their colleagues and maybe the organisations they work with.
To find out more about adoption, please get in touch on 0300 123 6723.
Alternatively, visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/adoption
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