National Adoption Week 2022 focused on the importance of identity and relationships for adopted people. The film below explores adopted people’s memories from before, during, and after they were adopted, discussing how these make them who they are today.
Over half of children waiting for adoption are brothers and sisters. They often wait longer than others as there are not as many people who think they can adopt two or more children.
According to adopters, the biggest challenges and concerns about adopting brothers and sisters are that it would be too challenging (30%), affordability (21%), and the worry about not having enough space at home (20%).(3)
While challenges exist, Adoption Matters offers a wealth of support and training for– and the vast majority (88%) of parents that adopted family groups say challenges are far outweighed by the positives. Many (61%) go as far to say that adopting children with their brothers or sisters has been the most beneficial factor in their children’s adoption journey; with benefits including increased reassurance, companionship, comfort, and settling into family life more quickly.(3)
Black children wait longer than any other group of children for an adoptive home. The statistics are shocking:
Waiting over 2 years of a very young child’s life is something we are passionate about helping change, could you?
Black and mixed heritage children also often wait longer for an adoptive family, like brothers and sisters, children aged over 4 and children with additional needs. Black children are over represented in the care system too so there is a desperate need for Black and mixed heritage families to consider adoption.
National Adoption Week 2021 was dedicated to all those impacted by adoption whose stories are often less heard; adopted people, adopters, birth parents and the Children’s Services workforce
This amazing film brings together adoptive families to talk all about their own personal adoption journeys. We were proud that our own family Amy and Ben took part in this film.
This new campaign follows on from the national #YouCanAdopt campaign launched in September 2020 below:
Amy & Ben share their amazing story here of adopting six children. Amy comments:
“Ben and I adopted a baby girl through Adoption Matters and she is just amazing and keeps us highly entertained every single day! We also have five other adopted children who we adopted in Tanzania (none are biological siblings – they were five separate adoptions).
Our children are all Black African and we are white British so our story is not a ‘typical’ one. We chose adoption as our first and only way of creating a family. I have known since I was a little girl that I would adopt my children and they are all incredible.
I found Adoption Matters to be really great. They were very open minded and supportive as I am sure other agencies may have been sceptical about us adopting a sixth child (and they also helped us adopt the most precious little girl in existence!)
I can honestly say that adoption is without a doubt, the best thing I ever did (6 times over!). I would never want to create a family in any other way. If you have love in your heart, have strength and passion to support a child no matter what, then adoption could be the right path for you.”