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15 March 2017

45 children in Cumbria currently waiting for a forever family

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Right now in Cumbria, the county council are searching for prospective adopters as 45 children await a forever family.

Sarah, Jane, James, Rebecca, Harry and Beth, Lydia, Ruby and Lucas are just some of the children, aged between 2 and 7, the council are currently family finding for. They will feature as part of a new countywide campaign launching this week.

Prospective adopters can expect a high quality and professional service from Cumbria County Council’s Adoption Team. The council have successfully matched hundreds of children with families in Cumbria over the years and have the skills, expertise and experience to support adopters through the process and match them with a child who will thrive in their family. The adoption assessment process takes around six months to complete in most cases. For approved foster carers there are circumstances where this can happen more quickly.

Cllr Anne Burns, Cumbria County Council Cabinet Member for Children's Services said:

“Children need families from all sorts of different backgrounds. Whether you are married or single, divorced or living with a partner, gay or straight, unemployed or disabled, and whatever your cultural background adoption may be for you.

“We understand that for most people it is a big decision. Whatever people’s reasons for wanting to adopt, our supportive team will be there for you throughout.”

“Please look out on Facebook and Twitter for our messages and details of the events we’ll be holding locally; and tell your friends and family.”

More information about the children waiting, the process and the support available can be found at cumbria.gov.uk/adoption. Those thinking about adoption are also encouraged to speak with the county council Adoption Team by calling 0303 333 1216 or by attending a local information event:

  • Kendal - Tuesday 4 April - 6.15pm - The Castle Green Hotel (Garden Room)
  • Workington - Thursday 6 April - 6.15pm - The Melbreak Hotel
  • Carlisle - Saturday 8 April - 10.30am - The Crown and Mitre Hotel (Drawing Room)

Adoption staff including Family Finders will be present at the events to explain more about any aspect of the process. The county council established a dedicated Family Finding Team in September 2015 to ensure all children with a plan of adoption moved to their permanent family as early as possible. As soon as a prospective adopter becomes approved by the Adoption Panel, Family Finders begin the process of matching the adopter with a child.

Yvonne Eardley, Family Finder Team Manager, said:

“Finding families for children is a great job, we play a crucial role in the adoption process and love working with adopters and children alike.

“Right now we’re leading the search for families for 45 children and more prospective adopters means more successful matching.

"To help, we co-ordinate the matching process which helps children's social workers, foster carers and adopters to all work together to identify and successfully match adopters with a child or children and plan for their placement with their new families.

"Sometimes there may not be an appropriate match within Cumbria so we may need to look further afield. To do this we attend adoption events like Exchange and Activity Days and use other national Adoption Matching Services.

"Anyone thinking about adopting can be assured that once they are approved we will do our best in leading the search for their new family and supporting them at every stage of the process.

“If you’d like to know more about the children waiting and how we help match adopters and children then come and meet us at a local information event.”

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