The process of finding forever families for children is still continuing across Lancashire despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Adoption Lancashire and Blackpool, the new regional adoption agency which launched last month, is using digital technology to help ensure those interested in adoption can find out more. It has also adapted the way it works to ensure permanent homes are still being found for youngsters in need of a loving home.
Diane Booth, chair of the Regional Adoption Agency Board, said: "No sooner had we launched than we found ourselves facing the coronavirus pandemic.
"Although the coronavirus situation has caused disruption to many of our services, we're still taking on new adoptive parents, and need them to come forward, just as they normally would.
"I'd like to reassure people that we are here, and available. We've made adjustments to the way we work in terms of the way we meet and conduct interviews with potential adoptive parents, but we remain committed to providing the same high level of service.
"We're doing our best to keep things running as normally as possible. We are still assessing and approving adoptive families for the children who need a permanent family, and we are continuing to support adoptive families and individuals affected by adoption during the current pandemic."
Bookable telephone sessions are currently running, instead of the usual face- to- face adoption information events. The sessions are aimed at anyone interested in finding out more about adopting. They offer a chance to have an informal chat, ask questions and discuss options with one of the dedicated team members. These sessions will run every Monday, excluding Bank Holidays, at 2.30pm and each Wednesday at 6.30pm until further notice.
Telephone sessions can be booked by emailing the team at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 0300 123 6727, giving your name, telephone number and the date and time of your chosen session. To find out more, please visit www.adoptionlancashireblackpool.org.uk or call 0300 123 6727.