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Children Wishing For A Family This Christmas

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9:22am 5th December 2014
(Updated 9:22am 5th December 2014)

It is revealed almost 50 children in Cornwall are waiting for somewhere to call home this Christmas.

Charity, Families for Children is opening its first base in the Duchy in Victoria to help find adoptive parents for youngsters who have suffered neglect, abuse or trauma.

Claire from Hayle decided to adopt even though she already had four birth children. She said: "I think you have to understand that these children have to go to a secure family who are very sure what they're doing. It may be a bit lengthy, but the process itself was fine - in fact it was even quite enjoyable at times.

"I think just watching a child blossom and grow in a loving, secure family and changing so quickly - it is lovely."

Adoption Practice Manager Parsons who has over 15 years experience in adoption, says "We have been approving and supporting adopters from Cornwall for over 20 years from our Devon office so the move to Victoria will enable us to support them at a much more local level whilst also being able to offer more specialist services, information events and training for any potential adopters from Cornwall more frequently and from within the county.

"As a specialist adoption agency and charity we like to develop personal relationships both with adopters and supporters that last a lifetime and hope we can emanate the success we have had in Devon down here in Cornwall."

The move to Cornwall has been part funded by a Government expansion grant for voluntary adoption agencies and also from charitable legacies left to the charity last year.

Every year Families for Children has to raise over £300,000 to maintain their adoption support services. This money is used to be able to support all the children who they place from all over the UK with families in Devon, Dorset Cornwall and Somerset.

Katey McDonald, Families for Children says; "We hope that the new centre in Victoria will help raise local awareness and dispel some of the myths surrounding adoption and encourage families to come forward. Families for Children are also keen to let people know that they do have a choice when considering adoption with both the Local Authority and Families for Children operating locally.

"Whist the adoption process is broadly similar in both organisations, Families for Children have an excellent adoption support team that can support and advise the family and child for the rest of their lives, if needs be."

The centre was opened by star Caroline Quentin.

Caroline said: "Cornwall has a lot of poverty, and it has a lot of people struggling with life,  it is nice for me to come back and perhaps look at the less joyful side of life and perhaps make it a more joyful side of life, by finding homes for children who might have had a very difficult start in life.

"At Families for Children we don't just place children for adoption, we stay with them and support them throughout their time, so we will be with them for as long as they need us, or maybe slightly longer sometimes as I like them and want to stick around."

9:22am 5th December 2014

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