Lancashire County Council is asking people to think about adoption as they target placements for babies up to the age of two.
The County Council will be hosting a special event at County Hall, on Fishergate, for people considering adoption.
The event will be open to the public and will host an ‘information evening’ from 6pm and 7.30pm on Tuesday 10 December.
A spokesman for the Council said, “There’s no need to book – you can just turn up, but early arrival is recommended so that the presentation can start promptly at 6pm. People attending the information evening are also asked to stay for the whole session.
“The council is focusing on two different types of adoption, so that more babies and young children can go to live with their permanent family more quickly:
• Best for Baby (Concurrent Placements) place babies and young children, aged up to two, with foster carers who may go on to give them a permanent home.
• Better Beginnings (The Fostering-for-Adoption scheme) is for children where there is no realistic prospect of a return to their birth family.”
Barbara Bath, head of the adoption, fostering, residential care and the youth offending service at Lancashire County Council, added, “People from all backgrounds are needed to offer a permanent home and family to children who are not able to live with their birth family.
“We want to hear from people irrespective of their race, gender, sexuality, living arrangements, age or employment status. You can adopt as long as you are over 21, and live in Lancashire or close by.
“What is important to us are your personal qualities and that you are able to provide a loving home where you can support and look after a child throughout their childhood and beyond.
“More children in Lancashire are benefiting from being placed with their adoptive families earlier, thanks to these programmes.
“Sometimes babies come into our care at birth or soon after, and they’re looked after by foster carers, while we work with their parents to see if they can go home.
“If this isn’t possible, the court process can take some time, and after that the baby usually has to move again to their adoptive parents.”