Who are the children waiting for adoption?

Children in care come from all walks of life, backgrounds and cultures. They have different needs and experiences like all children. One thing we know about children who enter care is that, they will be feeling a whole range of emotions and will often be frightened. All children will have experienced separation, loss and uncertainty.

There are groups of children who wait longer than any other children for an adoptive home. Children from Black, Mixed and Other ethnic groups are over-represented in the numbers of children in care system so children from these ethnic groups often wait longer, in addition to:

  • brother and sister groups
  • children aged 4 years and over
  • children with additional needs