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Rovers stars pledge support for adoption campaign

27 September 2015

Rovers players have pledged their support to a campaign searching for loving families across the region as part of adoption agency Let's Adopt's latest recruitment drive.

The campaign, run by Blackburn with Darwen Council, has enlisted the help of some of the team's star names to drum up support for the cause, as it tries to place children in secure, permanent homes in Blackburn and beyond.

A string of well-known Blackburn faces, including Rovers favourites Jordan Rhodes, Craig Conway, Jason Steele and Matt Kilgallon, and former Coronation Street star Wendi Peters, have created a special film about what family means to them and why it's so important to give children lasting memories.

The short video, which was shown on the big screen at Ewood Park at last weekend's home game against Charlton, calls on Rovers fans to think about the importance of finding a family and consider giving a child in need the loving home they deserve.

As part of the drive to boost enquiries, Let's Adopt also invited Rovers fans to leave messages about what family means to them and why it's important to create memories together. 

Blackburn with Darwen executive member for children's services, Councillor Maureen Bateson, was joined by Rovers midfielder Jason Lowe in the FanZone to leave the first messages before it was opened up to supporters.

Father-of-two Jason Steele, 25, said: "I've been incredibly lucky to be blessed with two beautiful children and I couldn't imagine my life without them. To think that there are children out there with no family to call their own is heart-breaking and it's so important that anyone considering adoption - regardless of their marital status, age or ethnicity - comes forward to find out more. I hope that our fans really get behind Let's Adopt and help spread the word."

Since its launch in January 2014, Let's Adopt has put 56 families on the road to adoption and is now eager to boost numbers further and find suitable homes for children aged up to eight years old.

Councillor Bateson said: "To give a child a loving home is priceless - Let's Adopt has been incredibly successful in finding families for many local children, but we need to keep up momentum and continue to raise awareness of the campaign.

"It's important that people don't discount themselves for whatever reason - we want to hear from people from all backgrounds and are hoping that this event will help to increase support for the campaign."

Karen Barrick, head of permanence children's services at Let's Adopt, added: "As the campaign develops, we're continuing to see a steady increase in the number of people coming forward. However, we're eager for more potential adopters to get in touch, particularly those who would be willing to take on slightly older children or perhaps sibling groups.

"We're committed to providing stable 'forever families' for local youngsters and we hope that we can continue to do this with the help of Rovers supporters and their families."

For more information on Let's Adopt, visit www.letsadopt.co.uk.

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