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Latest figures show there are currently 2,030 children waiting to be adopted in England and 44% are sibling  groups.  Groups of children wait an average of 17 months to be adopted, which is 36% longer (135 days more) than individual children. More than half of these groups (56%) wait more than 18 months for their new family.

In addition to brothers and sisters, children from a diverse range of backgrounds, cultures and religions wait the longest for adoption and we are proud to be part of the national campaign raising awareness in ethnic diverse communities around the UK. Black children wait longer than any other group of children for an adoptive home. The statistics are shocking:

  • 69% of Black Caribbean children have a 28-month average wait
  • 61% of Black African, 24-month average wait
  • 60% of White/Black African a 21-month average wait

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We work closely with our adoption colleagues across the country to find the right match for children, some of which are featured on here our website. Note: The profiles featured are an example of some of the children we are currently family finding for and not a real child waiting. We do feature ‘real’ children’s profiles from time to time so please do continue to follow our pages for updates.

Data sources: Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board. Q2 2020 and Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board. 2018-2020

 

Kira and Olivia – Aged 5 and 2

Kira and Olivia – Aged 5 and 2

Kira (5) and Olivia (2). Kira has had a lot of changes in her life and she needs a family who can give her ...

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Jayden – Aged 2

Jayden – Aged 2

  Jayden (2) is a happy, smiley boy who loves to be around people. He likes to make a lot of noise and...

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Lola – Aged 4

Lola – Aged 4

Lola (4) has a cheeky personality and a lovely smile. She likes sensory activities such as popping bubbles,...

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Barney and Mason – Aged 6 and 3

Barney and Mason – Aged 6 and 3

Barney (5) and Mason (3) are brothers who have always lived together, and want to stay together. They have ...

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Carrie-May – Aged 6

Carrie-May – Aged 6

Carrie May (6) is a bright little girl who loves all things girly. She likes to sing along to songs that sh...

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