Balloons of hope released

An adoption event held at Wallsend Town Hall with (left to right) Paul Richardson-Adoption Team, Lauren Robson-Adopted Parent, Diane Wyatt-AP, Michelle Bennett-AP, Jill Dixon-Social Worker-ATand Paula Gibbons-Manager AT.

An adoption event held at Wallsend Town Hall with (left to right) Paul Richardson-Adoption Team, Lauren Robson-Adopted Parent, Diane Wyatt-AP, Michelle Bennett-AP, Jill Dixon-Social Worker-ATand Paula Gibbons-Manager AT.

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PINK and blue balloons representing children in the borough waiting for a permanent family, have been released to mark a drive to encourage people to adopt.

Mayor Linda Arkley is backing the two-month campaign to encourage new adopters to come forward and released the balloons on Friday at Wallsend Town Hall.

“This is a really important issue for us. It is crucial that we find permanent, loving and stable homes for these children, as soon as possible,” she said.

“North Tyneside Council’s adoption service works hard to find matches that work for the child and the adopter, whilst making the process as smooth, simple and speedy as possible.”

Fostering and adoption manager, Paula Gibbons, added: “We’re looking for people who can be tolerant, patient and flexible and who can offer a warm, loving, stable and secure permanent home for a child.

““The most important thing for us is finding a suitable, long-term family for a child that works for everyone involved.”

To find out more, call North Tyneside Council’s adoption service on (0191) 643 2545 or email mary.pidcock@northtyneside.gov.uk to arrange an informal chat.

Or visit www.northtyneside.gov.uk to download an information pack.