Who Needs Adoption?
- Children of all ages from a variety of cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds might need a new family by adoption
- There are relatively few babies who need to be adopted, and many children are over 2 years old
- Some need to be adopted with brothers and sisters, others might have physical or learning difficulties
- Many will have experienced difficulties in their birth family which will need patience and understanding to overcome. This could include mental or physical illness in their parents and physical, emotional or sexual abuse or neglect
All children who need adoption will have had at least one change of carer and will need time to learn to trust their new family.
Most will need to stay in touch, usually by letter, with their birth families, and may need direct contact with one or another family member.