Adopters are desperately needed for brother and sister groups, older children, those with additional needs and children from ethnic minority backgrounds.
Children from these groups represent 65% of all those waiting to be adopted, with many facing year-long delays compared to those without these characteristics. For example:
Children over 5 wait 13 months longer to be adopted from care
Children with a disability wait 11 months longer
Children in a sibling group wait 11 months longer
Children from an ethnic minority (excluding white minorities) wait 3 months longer.
The rewards and challenges of adopting
Watch our short film featuring a panel of child ‘experts’ interviewing real-life adopters about the rewards and challenges of adopting children who wait longer.
Support for those adopting children who wait longer
Adopted children can sometimes bring their own challenges and adopting a child who tends to wait longer can feel daunting, but there is support available. There is a range of adoption support services available including; support groups, training, workshops and more specialized therapy.
For many potential parents, there are worries about practical and financial support and being an adoptive parent is no different. You do have to seriously consider what it will mean for you as a family, but there is support available and your chosen adoption agency will be able to advise you on what support they can offer.
Choosing to adopt is one of the biggest decisions you will make in your life so it’s not surprising that you may feel overwhelmed at the start. Like all routes to parenthood, of course there will be challenges along the way but lifelong support is available at every step
The Adoption Support Fund (ASF) has been established to enable families to access the services they need more easily. The amount per child per year is £5,000 for therapy, as well as a separate amount of up to £2,500 per child if special assesments are needed.