1. Adoption services link up across north of England

    Children in need of adoption should have a better deal under a new partnership announced today between Cumbria County Council, Durham County Council and Together for Children, which delivers children’s services on behalf of Sunderland City Council.

    Cumbria County Council sign

    The three authorities have set up what is known as a "regional adoption agency", and the aim is to have a larger pool of potential adopters so children can be placed more quickly with a suitable family.

    County councillor Anne Burns, Cumbria's cabinet member for people, said: "This is all about ensuring that children have the best chance of being matched with the right adoptive family."

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    Video caption: Transracial adoption: 'People accused me of kidnapping my son'

    Adopting a child can be a challenging experience, particularly for one African-American woman, Keia whose three-year-old son Princeton is white.

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    Video caption: Adoptee Kara Bos's search for her roots in South Korea

    Kara Bos was adopted as a baby from South Korea by a US couple. But her birth father is standing in the way of her discovering her roots.

  4. Tony Hudgell completes his 10km challenge has raised £1m+ for Evelina Children's hospital

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    Video caption: The hospital saved Tony's life when he was a baby.
  5. UPLOAD - A Shared Breath - by Linda Morse

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    Video caption: A play about adoption, with actress Tori Deffee playing all three roles.