National Adoption Week 2015 will take place from the 19th to 25th October and this year’s theme is ‘Too old at 4?’
Older children waiting to be adopted are often likely to be in sibling groups or to have additional needs and there is currently a shortage of adoptive parents coming forward for these children.
In the Tameside borough there’s a shortage of adopters for sibling groups of two or three children, boys aged four and above and children with complex needs.
Sadly, sibling groups, those with complex needs and children from black and minority ethnic families are amongst the children who wait longest to be adopted. During National Adoption Week 2015 Adoption managers will be working together to highlight the plight of these vulnerable children and to help them find forever families.
Jean Carey, Adoption Team Manager said: “There are no blanket bans in adoption, so please don’t think we’ll turn you down because you’re over 40, single, or don’t own your own home. What we really need are people who can offer a child or sibling group a loving and supportive family for life. People who can help a child recover from the reasons why they came in to care , and can help them go on to thrive in a new family. Initially, we are simply asking people to come forward and find out more about adoption.”
There are an estimated 4,000 children across the UK needing adoption every year, many of whom will have suffered trauma in their short lives. Locally between 25 and 30 children are placed each year.
There’s a drop in information evening on 20 October at St Marys Hospital between 6pm and 7.30pm. The event is being held in the Main Boardroom , Cobbett House (Trust Headquarters), Manchester Royal Infirmary on Oxford Road.