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Adoption is a legal process by which children become permanent members of a new family. Parental responsibility is transferred to the adopters. Adopted children lose all legal ties to their birth parents.
However it will be important for the children to keep some contact with someone from their birth background, usually by exchanging letters and photographs each year.
Adoption is different from Fostering. A child may be fostered because birth parents are unable to provide care. Foster carers have special training and support from the Fostering Team. After a time in foster care, many children return to their birth parents, although some go on to be adopted.
Cumbria Children’s Services provide for all three sides of adoption:
These pages explain how the Adoption Service works in Cumbria. We will welcome you to contact us if you live in Cumbria and are:
If one of these is you, there is a page here for you, with information and details of how to contact Cumbria’s Adoption Service.
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