At Barnardo’s we believe that every child has the right to grow up in a safe, secure and loving home. This especially applies to children who are taken into care because their parents are unable or unwilling to look after them.
We strongly believe it doesn’t have to end how it began – no child is beyond help – and for some, adoption will be their best chance of a permanent, supportive and loving family life. I am very proud of our long and successful record of finding new families for children who cannot remain with their biological parents.
This week is National Adoption Week (November 3-9) and this year the focus is on finding new parents for groups of brothers and sisters. We are launching an appeal to find new parents who are willing to adopt groups of siblings.
According to research carried out by the British Association of Adoption and Fostering around half of the 6,000 children in the UK currently waiting to be adopted, are in sibling groups. I believe, as far as possible, brothers and sisters should be kept together.
We recognise that nowadays families come in all different shapes and sizes. That’s why we are casting our net far and wide in order to get the best match to help turn around these children’s difficult start in life so they can reach their full potential. We welcome enquiries from all irrespective of age, faith, sexuality, marital status or background.
People have different reasons for wanting to adopt. Some want to right a wrong and give a child a life they truly deserve. Others may have been unable to have children biologically, or their own children have grown up and moved home. Others want to make a difference.
Contact us at www.barnardos.org.uk/WhyAdopt
Director for Barnardo’s in Yorkshire