The Regional Adoption Agency for Cumbria County Council has announced itself as an official sponsor of Cumbria Pride – an annual event held in celebration of the region’s LGBTQ+ community.
Adopt Coast to Coast was launched earlier this year as the new name for adoption for Cumbria County Council, Durham County Council and Together for Children which delivers children’s services on behalf of Sunderland City Council.
2021 marks the 11th annual Cumbria PRIDE celebration and it is set to take place this Saturday (25th September) at Carlisle Castle. The ticketed event is expected to attract around 5,000 attendees and the event will include live music and a selection of stalls.
Paula Gibbons, Head of Service for Adopt Coast to Coast said: “We are delighted to announce our sponsorship of this year’s Cumbria Pride. Last year a fifth of adopters approved by Cumbria County Council were from the LGBTQ+ community and nationally this figure is believed to be around 1 in 4. Although the number of applicants grows year-on-year, we know there is still a lot of misconception about whether people from the LGBTQ+ community are eligible to adopt. As the new face of adoption in Cumbria and the North East of England we want everyone to know that you can adopt no matter what gender, sexuality, marital status or background you are from.
“The reality is adoption is a wonderful proven and practical way for people to start their families and to provide safe homes for children in need. Through our own inclusive actions and partnership with organisation such as Cumbria Pride we will continue to celebrate and support adopters from the LGBTQ+ community. We encourage anyone who is interested in adoption to find out more – whether you’re in the early stages or you’re a little further down the line in your thinking, we’re here to support you and offer advice on your own situation.”
As well as hosting a stand at Cumbria Pride where attendees can find out more, Adopt Coast to Coast will be working in partnership with the event organisers to carry out research into perception of adoption and to better understand barriers to adoption within the LGBTQ+ community.
The Adopt Coast to Coast partnership allows the three local authorities to work together to speed up the adoption process for prospective adopters and to find the best match for the babies and children in their care from across the partners’ geographical reach. Adopt Coast to Coast is responsible for supporting the services provided by each partner and for the recruitment of prospective adopters.