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A third of the children waiting to be adopted in Cumbria have a brother or sister also needing a home. So, at the start of National Adoption Week, the county council is asking potential parents to think about adopting not just one child, but two, or even three.

At the moment there are around 70 children waiting to be adopted in Cumbria, there are seven pairs of two children who are brothers or sisters and there are three groups of three children, all from the same family.

Earlier Pam Royle spoke to Cumbria Council's Cabinet member for Children's Services, Anne Burns, and asked her how important it is for brothers and sisters to find a new home together:

Cumbria Council encourages sibling adoption

Over 70 children in Cumbria are waiting to be adopted, according to the County Council Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Archive/Press Association Images

People in Cumbria are being asked to think about adopting siblings at the start of National Adoption Week.

Cumbria County Council says a third of children waiting for adoption need a place for their brothers or sisters too and that adopting them together can help them settle into a new family.

"The bond between brothers and sisters is unique, and where it's best for the children, we will do all we can to keep them together. Being adopted together can help children settle into a new family and have a positive sense of who they are."

– Councillor Anne Burns, Cumbria County Council's Cabinet member for Children's service

Two drop-in events will take place for those who want to find out more. These are:

  • Saturday 8th November from 10.00-14.00 at Tullie House, Carlisle
  • Thursday 13th November from 18.00-20.00 at the Riverside Hotel, Kendal

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Better beginnings campaign

A baby Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Wire

A new campaign will try to find adoptive parents across Cumbria for babies and toddlers.

The county council's adoption team is running a recruitment drive called "Better beginnings."

It aims to place children with carers who initially foster until the child can be legally adopted.

By fostering a child before adopting new parents can build up a relationship and bond earlier in the child's life.

The campaign comes in the wake of Government plans to speed up the adoption process and provide children with stable homes as soon as possible.

Councillor Anne Burns, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member for children’s social care, said:

"Cumbria’s Better Beginnings is a fantastic initiative as it’s vital that children get the safe and loving home they deserve.

“Waiting sometimes many months before being adopted can be a very destabilising experience so I really welcome attempts to put children with permanent families as soon as possible.

"Our roadshow will be a really good opportunity for Cumbrians to find out more about Better Beginnings and other aspects of adoption and fostering so I hope plenty of people will come and talk to us on the day to find out more."

The adoption team will be holding an information road show in Carlisle's Lanes Shopping Centre between 10am and 4pm on Saturday 18th August.