Lancashire County Council is always looking for adopters, but next month there’s an added focus on finding people, especially those willing to adopt ‘older’ children, and probably with their brother or sister too.
County Councillor Susie Charles, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Schools, said: “We’re running a campaign in February to remind anyone wanting to start or grow their family through adoption that there are children of all ages ready for a loving home.
“When people first start to think about adoption, they usually consider a baby, or even a toddler, rather than an older child.
“The unfortunate reality is that children are considered to be older for adoption at just four years of age. It is likely that these children will have a brother or sister, and we try to keep brothers and sisters together whenever we can.
“We’re trying to find homes for these children in particular.
“There is always a need for adopters to come forward to look after all types of children of different ages and backgrounds.”
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.
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.
A range of adoption support services and advice is available to anyone who has adopted a child. We recognise that adoptive families require support at different times and even when you’ve adopted, we’re here if you need us.
People can spread the word about adopting with Lancashire County Council on their own 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.
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, visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/adoption for details.