Children from a Pakistani background wait on average 47 months longer to be placed with adoptive parents, than children from a white background. 

North West based adoption agency, Adoption Now is keen to recruit BAME adopters from the region and are asking those interested in adoption to contact them to find out more about adopting local children who are awaiting safe, loving homes

Karen Barrick, Head of Service at Adoption Now, said, “We have a number of BAME children awaiting adoption. Adoption transforms the lives of those it touches and we’re asking anyone who has ever thought about adoption, to talk to us as we are open as usual, offerring support and advice about becoming an adopter, the process, and adoption support. Whether you’re married, single, gay or heterosexual, don’t rule yourself out, if you think you might be able to give a child or children a loving home, please get in touch”. 

In addition to children waiting for adoption coming from a variety of cultures and ethnic backgrounds, there are also sibling groups, some children which have additional emotional or health needs, and those who are a bit older. 

Adoption Now is looking for adopters for around 90 children in their care but specificallly for those who are willing to consider children with a BAME background who wait longer, regardless of whether they have a disability or are waiting to be placed as part of a sibling group.

Councillor Anne Galloway, Executive Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said “Children who come to adoption do so because their birth families are unable to care for them. Many of them have experienced difficult starts in life. All of these children need a loving, stable home.

"They need support and love to help them overcome their troubled backgrounds, make sense of who they are and grow up to be safe and secure. Being an adoptive parent can be challenging but it also brings great rewards. If you’re interested in finding out more, please contact Adoption Now today”.

For more information about adoption contact Adoption Now on 01204 336096 or click here