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14 October 2016

National Adoption Week - Could you provide a forever family for two (or three)?

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Nearly half of the children waiting for adoption in Cumbria are waiting with their brother or sister. What’s more is that they often wait the longest for a loving forever family.

That’s why this National Adoption Week Cumbria County Council is asking Cumbrians if they have room to adopt two (or three) children who need a new home.

There are currently 43 children waiting to be adopted and almost half of these are part of a sibling group.

The rewards of adopting are immeasurable. Adopters give a child a family, love and security and help them to overcome earlier difficulties and experiences. There can be no greater reward than transforming a child’s life forever and building a happy, fulfilled family.

Councillor Anne Burns, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Children’s service said:

“Adopting a child is a big decision, adopting brothers and sisters together can make it seem even bigger, but the county council provide both financial and practical support to adopters and the children.

“My message to anyone thinking about adopting is don’t let the practicalities of adopting a sibling group stop you from taking the next step, because we will be with you every step of the way.

“All you need to think about is; could you provide love, time and commitment to a child? Do you have the energy and health to provide a long-term family? If the answer is yes, then pick up the phone or come along to an information event and be their someone.”

Rachel and her husband adopted with the county council in 2014 and said:

“If you’re considering adoption, do it! Honestly, emotionally it was the hardest thing we’ve ever done, but the process was straightforward and we were supported throughout.

“The council did look into our own family histories, they spoke with our friends and family and clearly explained the challenges of adopting and some of the difficulties we could expect to face.

“We enquired around Christmas and by the following October we had been matched with a beautiful little boy. We wouldn’t change anything, even being woken up at 3am being called Mummy is amazing.”

The theme for this year’s National Adoption Week 2016 is ‘Support Adoption’. As in previous years, the need to find families for some of our most vulnerable children remains at the heart of this year’s campaign. In addition to sibling groups, loving forever families are needed for children over the age of 4, young people and children with additional needs. The campaign will aim to encompass all aspects of adoption, to demystify and clarify the adoption process, reflect the challenges of adoptive parenting and showcase the support on offer to those who adopt with the county council. Members of the public can show their support and help raise awareness of adoption by sharing our posts on social media with the hashtag #SupportAdoption.

For those who want to chat to a member of the team to find out more there will be four information evenings as follows:

  • Thursday 20 October from 5-7pm at Kendal Fire Station Community Room
  • Tuesday 25 October from 5-7pm at Penrith Library
  • Tuesday 1 November from 5-7pm at Children’s Services Offices New Oxford Street Workington
  • Thursday 3 November from 5-7pm at Carlisle Library
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Nearly half of the children waiting for adoption in Cumbria are waiting with their brother or sister.