Who Are The Children That Need Adopting?
Every year around 4,000 children, in England, wait for loving adoptive parents. The children available for adoption are a range of ages, and are from a variety of backgrounds. What they have in common is a difficult start in life and that they can no longer be brought up by their birth families.
Some children needing adoption have been abused, either physically or sexually. Others may have been neglected and not given love and care. Most will have experienced changes and uncertainty. As a result, some children are angry or confused about what is happening to them. They need a great deal of love and attention to help them adjust to a stable family life.
Some children never live with their birth parents and are in foster care from birth. There is a lot of work taking place to see if these children can be placed at birth with the families that may well adopt them later, this is called ‘Foster to Adopt’.
There are children of all ages, ethnicities and abilities waiting to be adopted and whether you’re looking to adopt a newborn, infant, toddler or older child, we will support you fully in finding a suitable match. In England there is a particular need for adopters for:
- babies and children with disabilities
- brothers and sisters
- black and mixed heritage children
- Older children (over 4 years)
Babies and Children with disabilities
One group of babies and children who can wait a long time for adoptive parents to come forward are those with a disability. There is often a lack of knowledge about different types of disability and what will be required to meet a child’s individual needs. Our team has extensive experience of working with children with disabilities, their families and carers and can support adopters to understand how they could meet the needs of a child with disabilities or developmental uncertainty.
Brothers and sisters
There has been a lot of focus in recent years on keeping brothers and sisters together and the number of adopters coming forward for these children has increased but we still need more. Did you know that more than half of all children waiting to be adopted are in brothers and sisters who need to be placed together.
Black and mixed heritage children
There are currently many more black and mixed heritage children waiting for adoption than there are adopters coming forward. Last year 15% of children with an adoption plan were black and mixed heritage but only 5% of adopters approved had the same ethnic background. We would love to hear from prospective adopters from all backgrounds and ethnicities.
If you’d like more information about children and infants available for adoption, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team on 0800 5877 791 or complete our form online.