People from all backgrounds are needed to offer a permanent home and family to a child.
And for anyone thinking about starting or growing their family through adoption, an information evening is being staged in Preston so that they can find out more.
The event will be held on Tuesday, April 4th, at County Hall, on Fishergate Hill in Preston, from 6 to 7-30pm.
Following a short presentation, members of Lancashire County Council's adoption team, including social workers, will be available to answer questions, talk people through the process and offer confidential advice.
County Coun. Matthew Tomlinson, cabinet member for children, young people and schools, said: "We need people from all backgrounds to offer a permanent home and family to children who are not able to live with their birth family. You must be over 21, and live in Lancashire or close by, but whatever your race, gender, sexuality, living arrangements, age or employment status, we want to hear from you.
"What matters to us are your personal qualities and that you are able to provide a loving home where you can support and look after a child throughout their childhood and beyond."
Adoptive parents are needed for children from young babies up to eight years of age, and particularly for the following groups:
• Children aged over four, either gender;
• Children with special needs, disabilities or unpredictable medical issues;
• Sibling groups of two or more children;
• Boys of all ages;
• Dual-heritage children of all ages.
Further details about the information evening and adoption in general are available online at www.lancashire.gov.uk/adoption or by calling the adoption team on 0300 123 6723.
There's no need to book for the adoption information evening - people can just turn up.
Free parking is available on the Arthur Street car park, next to County Hall.