CUMBRIA County Council’s adoption team are kick starting a county wide drive to find more adopters by touring on a vintage bus.

During National Adoption Week, which starts on Monday, the adoption team will be on a double decker 1959 Bristol Lodekka visiting Penrith, Kendal and Carlisle. The doors will be open for people to hop aboard and have a chat with the team and find out if adoption is for them.

They hope that National Adoption Week will provide inspiration for people to come forward and consider adopting one of the 51 children in Cumbria waiting for adoptive families.

National Adoption Week is organised by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) and aims to raise awareness of adoption and encourage potential parents to come forward. There are an estimated 4,000 children across the UK needing adoption every year.

The team are hoping to raise awareness of the children waiting for adoptive families and to let people know about the high quality support they’ll get from the council if they are interested.

The bus will be in the following locations each day from 10 - 4pm • Kendal, Tues 5 Nov - Market Square • Penrith, Wed 6 Nov - Penrith market, Great Dockray car park • Carlisle, Thurs 7 Nov - Pedestrianised area.

Coun Anne Burns, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “This is about getting out there, spreading the message about adoption and giving people the confidence to find out more. People can expect a high quality, professional and personal service from our adoption team. The team has matched hundreds of children with families in Cumbria over the years, they have the skills, expertise and experience to support people through the adoption process and match them with child who will thrive in their care. I know they place a lot of importance on the quality of the relationship adopters have with them. Adoption is a big decision but people can be confident that we will be there for them throughtout.”

Alan Wood, Deputy Chief Executive of BAAF, said: “Every child has the right to live in a safe; loving; happy home. For those children who are unable to live within their birth family, adoption is one of the best ways to ensure this happens. There is no doubt that adoption is a life changing process for all concerned, and that there are children right now who need permanent homes to grow up in. National Adoption Week helps us all to re-focus and renew our efforts to find the loving and permanent homes required.”