What kind of children are waiting to be adopted and where are they from?
There are estimated to be as many as 5,000 children in the UK who are waiting to find a new family. Some may have waited for years.
There are many reasons why they can no longer live with their birth families – amongst them are abuse, neglect or family breakdown.
Our aim is to find families to care for these children on a permanent basis and provide secure and stable family lives. There’s a particular need to find new homes for older children and those with disabilities. Most of the children placed for adoption are cared for by their local authority in foster homes prior to placement for adoption. The trauma and upheaval they have known in their early lives is likely to have impacted on their general development and may also have an influence on their behaviour.
We place children of all ages together and singly. There is a particular need to find homes for children aged 5 plus, children of mixed ethnicity, children with medical or developmental issues and disabilities along with sibling groups of three or more children.
…a sibling group
Frequently, brother and sister groups are adopted together, but we also find families for a wide age range of children who need to be placed individually. We place twosomes, threesomes, foursomes, fivesomes…….
…a child with a disability
Often children with significant medical issues or a disability are overlooked by prospective adopters, so Adoption Matters Northwest is seeking families able to consider this. The range of ability within this group of children varies greatly, some may have been physically disabled from birth, some may have mild to severe learning difficulties. All have the potential to achieve and to bring their adopters an overwhelming sense of satisfaction and achievement.
The reward of watching children with disabilities develop and achieve their goals and individual milestones is very special.
Could you make that difference and enjoy those moments?
…a child from an ethnic minority
There is a shortage of adoptive parents for black,minority ethnic and children of mixed heritage. The agency is keen to find families who can meet their needs, including those of culture and identity.
We are often asked about the ages of the children placed for adoption with our families.
Out of 49 children placed during 2012/2013:
1 child was 7 months
1 child was 10 months
2 children were 11 months
5 children were 1 year
10 children were 2 years
7 children were 3 years
9 children were 4 years
10 children were 5 years
3 children were 6 years
1 child was 7 years.
For further information about the children placed for adoption contact us.