Focus on older children for National Adoption Week

Oct 19, 2015   //   by admin

Too old

As part of this year’s National Adoption Week (19 – 25 October) campaign, the Western Bay Adoption Service is asking people to consider adopting an older child as they pose the question “Too old at four?”

Due to the high demand for babies, older children waiting to be adopted are often overlooked and ultimately wait the longest to be placed with a forever family.

These children are likely to be in sibling groups or have additional needs, and there is currently a shortage of adoptive parents willing to take these children.

During National Adoption Week 2015, Western Bay Adoption Service will be highlighting the need of forever families for these vulnerable children.

According to the National Adoption Service for Wales, it takes more than double the amount of time to place children aged four and above than those aged under four.

The figures reveal that since June 2014, those children aged under four in Wales wait on average seven months whereas those aged four and older wait 15 months.

Nick Jarman, Chairman of the Western Bay Adoption Service, said: “Across Wales, there have been continued improvements in the timescales that children are adopted and how quickly adopters are assessed, but more needs to be done to ensure that we find adopters for older children.

“Over the last few years, government legislation has changed, making it easier for potential parents to adopt. Although there is an assessment process, it doesn’t matter if you are married or not, religious or not, living with a partner, single, divorced, gay, lesbian, a home owner or renter or if you have a disability, you will still be considered as a potential adopter.

“Adoption is a lifelong commitment and our children need permanent, stable and caring families. Many have had a challenging start to life and they deserve the chance to live a happy and fulfilled childhood. If you can provide a loving, permanent and secure home for a child, we want to hear from you.”

There is no upper age limit to adoption and if you are over 21, and have a stable lifestyle with a strong support network and nurturing ability, you could become an adoptive parent.

The Western Bay Adoption Service is a collaboration between Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea councils.