Who the children areLast updated: 04 June 2009 15:39 UK
Some children and young people can’t grow up with their birth families for a number of reasons. We need people like you to offer these children a loving, secure home from where they can grow into adulthood.
Many children who need an adoptive family have been abused or neglected. They will have experienced changes and uncertainty, which may have left them confused and angry about what’s happened to them. They need your help to learn to be proud of who they are. It’s not something that happens quickly and we need adoptive parents who have love, stability and patience to offer for as long as it’s needed.
Adoption is a legal process by which the parental responsibility for a child is transferred from birth parents to adoptive parents. An adopted child has the same rights as any child born to the adopters, including inheritance rights.
There are very few babies available for adoption and therefore we prioritise applications from people who have the skills and ability to adopt children from our priority groups. These are:
- children over the age of 4
- sibling groups
- children of any age with complex needs
- children who are black or from minority ethnic groups
Many of these children will never have learnt to trust adults or form emotional attachments. It may take many years of love and attention for them to overcome their early life experiences.