Blackpool Council aims to highlight that older children, sibling groups, those from mixed heritage backgrounds and children with additional needs are waiting longer for adoption in the North West.
The region faces a shortage of adopters for these children. There are many children that can wait over a year to be adopted, once it has been decided that adoption is the best route for them.
Many adopters look for younger children and babies, so when a child reaches the age of three they are more likely to be waiting over a year. Once they reach seven-years-old their chances of finding an adoptive family fall dramatically.
Boys can wait longer than girls to be adopted, as can children from mixed heritage backgrounds and ethnic minorities.
Although there are children waiting of all ages, many of those waiting are of school age and over half of them are in groups of brothers and sisters who need to be placed together. There are some children who have a disability and children whose future development is uncertain.
One of the main reasons that children are unable to live with their birth parents is that they cannot provide the safe and consistent care that is needed.
Our aim is to place children in a new family, as quickly as we can. At the forefront of our work is the goal of ensuring adopted children are safe, happy and thriving; and that their adoptive families are informed and supported through every step of the adoption process.
We provide comprehensive adoption services, from answering questions and providing advice, to guiding adoptive families through the assessment and matching processes, and on to the post adoption period.
If you want to know more about how you can adopt a child, then simply contact us on 01253 477888, fill in the callback form now or request an information pack. We’re looking forward to hearing from you and answering your questions about adoption.
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