A YORKSHIRE based author is using a well-known North Yorkshire legend to raise awareness for adoption.

Daniel Ingram-Brown's new book, Bea's Witch: A ghostly coming-of-age story tells of twelve-year-old Beatrice and her struggles to come to terms with her adoptive placement.

The book draws on Daniel's own experiences of being an adoptive father, and at the start of the writing process, Daniel was keen to hear feedback from those involved in the adoption system such as adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents and social workers.

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Mr Ingram-Brown, said: "It was important for me to write about adoption. I wanted to draw attention to some of the challenges that adopted children can face, and to tell a story that would grow understanding and empathy for all those connected to the adoption system.

“When I started to write the book, I hadn’t realised Mother Shipton was herself fostered. I love it when there are moments of serendipitous connection! And the fact that she was known as ‘Mother’ is perfect for a book."

Paula Winterbottom, an adoption team manager, said: "matches my experience of supporting adoptive families over the past ten years as a social worker and practice manager – apart from the magical parts! I absolutely loved the story and would recommend that future prospective adopters read it.”

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