Children who have a plan for adoption will have been separated from their birth parents when they were born or during their early childhood. They will live with foster carers while social workers and the courts make plans for their future. We want to match these children with adopters who can provide them with permanent, safe and loving homes.
We have around 100 children with a plan for adoption in our care at any one time.
- 80% are White British.
- 20% are from Black Minority Ethnic backgrounds.
- 65% are boys.
- 35% are girls.
- 40% are under two years old.
- 43% are between two and five years old.
- 14% are between five and nine years old
We are looking for adopters who can support these children, care for them and meet their needs throughout their lives, including their need to identify with their own cultural background. However, this doesn't mean adopters have to be of the same ethnicity as the child they adopt. Most children will be placed with a family on their own. However we also have sibling groups of two children, three children and some groups of four children or more who we'd like to place together with the same adoptive family. Sometimes children who we plan to place on their own have older brothers or sisters who are already adopted or who we're looking to place separately. In these situations we'll talk about making contact arrangements so that, where possible, siblings can keep in touch with each other.
Most children with a plan for adoption will have experienced significant harm as a result of their parents' drug and alcohol abuse or domestic violence; they have a range of needs, personalities, abilities and vulnerabilities, and some have significant disabilities.
When we place a child for adoption we tell the adoptive parents everything we know about that child and their experiences, family histories and needs. However there's often a lot of information we don't know so we can't always provide a full picture of how their development might progress.
For friendly advice and support call us on 0113 395 2072.