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Cumbria adoption campaign

Adoptive parents are being sought for babies and toddlers across Cumbria in a new campaign that is being launched.

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.

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