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Adoption event in Penrith offers chance to find out more

Cumbria County Council is inviting people who are thinking about adopting to an event at The George Hotel, Devonshire Street, Penrith on Monday 4 February 2019 at 6pm.

For many, adopting a child is a huge decision but the council’s experienced adoption team will be on hand at every step to support people throughout the process and beyond. Information events offer a great opportunity for people to meet friendly adoption professionals, enjoy a cuppa and to find out more about the children waiting, the process and the support available.

Contrary to many of the myths which surround adoption, the council will consider adopters regardless of age, marital status, gender, sexuality, disability or employment status and in most cases the process takes around 6 months.

Cllr Anne Burns, Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services, said: “We know the adoption process can seem scary and intrusive but adopters who have been through it tell us that it can be a really positive experience and well worth it.

“Our teams want the best for the children and adopters, and work tirelessly to match children with the right forever families.

“Our team is always ready to talk to people who are considering adopting, so if that’s you, please take that first step and contact us.”

A recent campaign from the county council shone a spotlight on the people whose job it is to create ‘forever families’ and who support prospective adopters through the process. Laura, Beth, Rachael, Juan, Yvonne, and others, featured in a series of short videos which can be seen on the @cumbriafosteringandadoption Facebook page. The campaign delivered record numbers of visitors to the council’s adoption website and it is hoped that more people will now take that first step and get in touch.

More information is available online at www.cumbria.gov.uk/adoption or by calling the county council’s adoption team on 0303 333 1216.

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