Councillor Fareed Hussain praised the new Paddington Bear film, about an adventurous marmalade-loving teddy adopted by the Brown family, for raising awareness about adoption and the joy it brings to parents who welcome a child into their home.
The world famous Paddington Bear, who is instantly recognisable in his iconic duffle coat, battered briefcase and big hat, is adopted by Henry and Mary Brown, and their children Jonathan and Judy.
In Derby city there are 36 children waiting to be adopted. Councillor Hussain, who is Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “Christmas, the season of goodwill, has a strong emphasis on spending time with family.
"Sadly there are children who cannot be with their own families and just like Paddington Bear, are in need of a permanent loving home with families who can adopt them."
There are also about 182 children placed with Derby City Council foster carers. Some of these children are placed with foster families on a short-term basis but many are in need of families to provide them with caring homes on a long-term basis, until they become adults and are ready to venture into the world.
He added: “Fostering is a wonderful way of giving a child a family experience and I would like to encourage more people to consider fostering a Derby city child.
"Many of our foster carers tell me they find the role very rewarding and those who wish to do so will receive financial support from the Council.”
Kim, who has been a foster carer for seven years, and recently adopted an eight-year-old boy, said: “Christmas time is all about spending time with your loved ones and I feel privileged that I can offer a loving home to those in need of one.
“If I could take all the children waiting to be adopted or fostered into my home this Christmas, I would, but sadly it’s not realistic. However, I do know that there are lots of potential mums and dads that can give these wonderful children a loving home.
"I can say from personal experience that it’s not just the children’s lives that are transformed for the better but grown-ups too. Adopting a child into my family has made it complete and I am so glad I took that first step, as I have been rewarded ten-fold with my wonderful son.”
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