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The first Christmas for new adopters

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Santa will be making extra stops this year as families across Lancashire prepare to celebrate Christmas for the first time with their adopted children.

Preston-based charity Caritas Care has this week announced 34 successful adoptions for 2013, including 14 in Lancashire.

A further 31 adopters across the region have been approved for 2014 following the launch of the charity’s ‘Find 40’ campaign earlier this year to encourage more people to open their homes to children in care.

Caritas Care Director of Services Amanda Forshaw said: “The need for more adopters to come forward is a national priority, so it’s great to see that our team has helped so many children find the fresh start that they deserve.

“However, we still need more families to take those first steps towards becoming adoptive parents for some of the 4,600 children who continue to wait in care for the opportunity to be part of a permanent family.”

The adoption charity has also revealed that 39 per cent of this year’s formal adoption enquiries came from Lancashire families.

Amanda added: “There’s still a number of misconceptions surrounding the adoption process, as many people still believe that you need to be a home-owner, in full time employment or married to adopt.

“This isn’t the case, we simply need people who are prepared to make a real difference to a child’s life.”

Caritas was founded in 1934 and provides adoption, fostering, learning disability services and community projects in Cumbria, Lancashire & Greater Manchester.

Caritas Care’s head office is situated in Preston, and the organization has offices in Sale, Carlisle and Barrow in Furness. Caritas Care has been recently graded ‘Outstanding’ for its fostering team service.

To find out more about the organisation v isit www.caritascare.org.uk or call 0800 652 6955.

 

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