People thinking about adopting are being encouraged to find out more about how they can provide a loving home for a child.

During National Adoption Week, which begins today, Durham County Council is spreading the message that many more types of people could be eligible to adopt and that a wide-range of support is provided for all adopters and their families at any point they may require it.

There are currently 36 children in County Durham waiting for the right families to give them the love and security they need to flourish throughout their childhood.

Information events for prospective adopters to find out more are held regularly, with the next one set to take place on Friday, 27 October between 2pm and 4pm at County Hall.

Nicola Berriman, an adopter with Durham County Council, said: “I think the supportive nature of the team and the other services they provide are what sets Durham County Council apart. They’re very supportive and listen to the questions you’ve got and understand how big a decision it is and that it isn’t something to be made lightly.

“The information events are aimed to be quite relaxed. People can come and get information but at that point there doesn’t have to be commitment and the information you provide is led by yourselves, it’s not social workers grilling you and asking you lots of questions.”

Social workers will be on hand during the session to answer any question you may have, as well as parents who have gone through the process and who will be willing to share their experiences.

Cllr Olwyn Gunn, Cabinet member for children and young people, said: “This National Adoption Week we are asking people to spread the word so we can help children in our county find a loving home.

“We would encourage anyone thinking about adoption to come along to the sessions as we are always looking for a wide variety of people with different life experiences and skills.”

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