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Blackpool Tower is one of several famous landmarks to be illuminated in support of National Adoption Week.

Blackpool Council will be joining the capital in support of the week, encouraging people to think differently about adoption.

Lighting up National Adoption Week, (October 19 – October 25) there will be a series of special projections illuminating public buildings across the country.

Celebrity photographer Mary McCartney, has taken a striking image to accompany the campaign strapline “Too Old at 4?”. This will be seen for the first time tonight (Saturday October 17), projected onto City Hall at Tower Bridge in London and our very own iconic landmark, The Blackpool Tower, from 6.30 to 7pm.

As National Adoption Week continues, there will be more projections in Bristol, Liverpool, Manchester, Leicester, Bolton, Birmingham and Newcastle.

Blackpool Council is also hosting a series of events designed to raise awareness of the need for adopters in and appeal for ‘forever families’ in the North West, particularly those in the harder to place categories.

A dedicated information event for prospective adopters will take place on Thursday (October 22) at The Hilton Hotel, Blackpool from 3 to 7pm.

People interested in adopting a child can to come along and have an informal discussion with our friendly team. In aid of National Adoption Week, a number of adopters will be on hand to answer any questions and talk about their experiences.

Coun John Jones, cabinet member with responsibility for Children’s Service, said: “National Adoption Week 2015 highlights the plight of these vulnerable children and to help them find forever families.

“We would love to hear from those who are interested in adopting a child, and particularly those who would like to find out more about children in the harder to place category.

“Sadly, the children who find themselves in this category typically wait a much longer time to find their forever families. This includes sibling groups, children aged four and above, those with complex or additional needs and children from black and ethnic minority families.

“Our priority is to successfully match our children with the right families and we currently have no waiting list.”

If you’ve still got question, on Friday October 23, there will be a live Twitter Q&A session from 1 to 2.30pm. Direct questions to @BpoolCouncil where team members will be ready and waiting to talk adoption.

Throughout the week, there will be dedicated stories, news and blog posts added to www.adoptwithblackpool.com. With interviews and case studies from adopters, birth children, social workers and panel members to name a few– the aim is to give a real insight of the adoption journey from the very start.

Blackpool Council recruits within a 50-mile radius of Blackpool so if you live in the North West and would like more information, call (01253) 477888, email fostering.adoption@blackpool.gov.uk or visit www.adoptwithblackpool.com.wer