ARC Adoption North East has put roots down in Sunderland as it works to match parents and children across the UK.
The newly-launched independent adoption agency, one of only three in the UK, has been launched on the back of a successful application for Government funding to establish such a service in the region.
It has taken offices at the North East Business and Innovation Centre and nine staff, with experience and qualifications in social work and adoption, have been appointed.
The team is led by director Terry Fitzpatrick, who has a background of more than 30 years in social work, mainly at senior manager level in the adoption field.
“There are 6,000 children in the UK who are in the care of local authorities and who desperately want to be settled within a permanent adoptive home,” he said.
“We are dedicated to working with children and families and a range of organisations in both the public and voluntary sector so that we can secure a happy home life for as many children as possible.
“The team at ARC feel it is a privilege to work in the field of adoption and we are looking to increase awareness about adoption and the opportunities for children to experience a positive family life.
“Families come in all shapes and sizes and from a range of backgrounds and we would encourage anyone to contact us if they are interested in adopting, whatever their own family structure.
“We want people to come along and have a chat through what’s involved in the process of adoption and to hear how we stay involved with people throughout the whole process. It really depends on what the family need and that’s what makes us unique.”