A new adoption service has been launched to encourage people to provide a family for children in care.
Preston-based Caritas Care has launched “iAdopt”, after receiving more than £400,000 from the Department for Education.
The charity was given the funding as part of a government initiative to close the gap between the number of approved adopters and children waiting to be placed.
The cash has contributed to the charity’s iAdopt van, which will travel across the North West to highlight adoption and recruit potential adopters.
They will also be launching a new website, aiming to provide an online community for adopters.
Amanda Forshaw, chief executive at Caritas Care, said: “We recognise that adoption can seem like a daunting experience, especially when there is so much information to take in.
“That is why we wanted to create a website that provides everything you need to know about adoption in one place but also gives you the opportunity to start your adoption journey with us, an ‘Ofsted Outstanding’ agency. The statistics regarding the number of children needing a family across the region are staggering and we want to make sure we are doing everything possible to find them a loving home.”
Susan Swarbrick, head of children’s services, added: “After our successful “Find 40” campaign last year where we approved 48 new adopters, we wanted to ensure we continued to encourage people to come forward and find out more about what we offer. There are still many myths surrounding adoption and we want to emphasise that there are no blanket bans. We encourage people from all walks of life to consider adoption.”