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Mum builds adoption retreat in Darwen

A woman from Darwen has come up with a rather unique way to help people adopting children get to know one another. When Mandy Worsley adopted her first child she had a 30 mile round trip twice a day so she could give him his breakfast in morning and put him to bed at night.

It's an issue many families face before they can finally take their children home forever. To make it easier Mandy came up with the idea of building a B&B especially for new families to bond and get advice.

Sarah Rogers went to meet her and the rest of the family:

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VIDEO: Hundreds of North West children need adoptive parents

The North West has more children in need of a loving new home than anywhere else in the country. More than 600 youngsters are waiting to be adopted.

Now 22 of our councils are joining forces to encourage more people to consider adopting. Each will have to find 30 adoptive parents per year. Currently, they get only a handful of inquiries a month.

Watch our report and then, for more information, click here.

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Authorities join forces for regional adoption week

A campaign to encourage more people in the region to adopt begins today Credit: Adopt North West

Local authorities across the North West are joining together for the first ever regional adoption week.

The campaign is aimed at educating people about the process. More than 600 children need homes in the North West.

The local authorities involved in Adopt North West include:

Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Bolton, Bury, Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton, Knowsley, Lancashire, Liverpool, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Sefton, St Helens, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Warrington, Wigan and Wirral.

Find out more about Adopt North West here.