New research from national adoption information service, First4Adoption, shows that the North West and Yorkshire & Humber has nearly 3 times as many children awaiting adoptive families as there are adopters. The figures, based on the latest data reveals the region currently has 161 children waiting to be adopted and 60 families approved to adopt.
Norman Goodwin, CBE Adoption Matters Chief Executive says, “This report highlights the ongoing and urgent need to find adoptive families for children who desperately need them. Adoption transforms the lives of those it touches and this National Adoption Week we’re asking anyone who has ever thought about adoption to find out more. Whether you’re married, single, gay or heterosexual, if you think you might be able to give a vulnerable child a loving home, please get in touch”.
The new research, by Adoption Match and based on data from The Adoption Register for England* also reveals that of the children awaiting adoption:
- 67% are aged under 5 years
- 57% are boys
- 29% are Black and Minority Ethnic children
- 55% are in sibling groups of two or more
Norman adds, “Children who come to adoption do so because their birth families are unable to care for them. Many of them have experienced neglect and trauma. All of these children need a loving, stable home. They need support and love to help them make sense of who they are and grow up to be safe and secure. Being an adoptive parent can be challenging but it also brings great rewards. We offer ongoing support to our families for as long as they need it through our Centre for Adoption Support a partnership service delivered with Caritas Care.
As part of its support for National Adoption Week, staff from Adoption Matters will also be hosting information evenings in Chester, Warrington, Hale, Blackburn, Leeds and Stoke and hosting Live Chat sessions on their website on 15 & 19 October 7-9pm.