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Adoption East Midlands is joining forces with agencies across the country to support a new #YouCanAdopt campaign to find families for children who wait the longest. 

The new campaign aims to reach potential parents for children from certain groups that repeatedly wait longest to be adopted and sees a series of new films released featuring real life stories from those who have adopted children, and others who have been adopted themselves.

The films spotlight the various means of support available throughout the adoption journey from adoption agencies, social care workers, charities, employers, friends, relatives, peers and more.

Each year, Adoption East Midlands needs to find adoptive families for approximately 170 children. Without enough families coming forward, children wait longer. 

Nottinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Councillor Tracey Taylor, said: “Across Nottinghamshire there are children who are waiting to be adopted.

“If you are considering adoption and can offer a stable, loving home, I urge you to speak to our dedicated team who will be happy to provide the advice, information and support you need.”

Head of service for Adoption East Midlands, Shelagh Mitchell, commented: “Adoption East Midlands is delighted to support this new national campaign that shines a light on those children who typically wait the longest to be adopted.

“We find families for children with a diverse range of needs and from a diverse range of backgrounds who need people to offer them a safe, nurturing and loving home so that they can thrive and flourish,” said Mitchell.

Adoption East Midlands believes that support is vital for a successful adoption and works with families to identify the right support for them.

Added Mitchell: “We offer ongoing support to our children and families from their first weeks of placement through to support as an adopted adult.”

According to Adoption England, the majority of children waiting for adoption come from specific groups repeatedly facing the longest delays in finding a home.

It is said that these groups mostly include children aged five or over, children with additional and/or complex needs, brother and sister groups, and those from a black and mixed heritage.

Compared to children without these characteristics, children from these groups wait an average of eight months longer from entry into care to adoption, a total of 32 months. 

Portrait of happy family with young kids

Data indicates that black and mixed heritage children wait two months longer than average to be adopted from care, with delays caused because there are not enough black and mixed heritage adopters coming forward to adopt children from the same background.

This is why, as part of the campaign, a specialised recruitment drive will run to encourage black and mixed heritage people to consider adoption.  

Adoption East Midlands is pleading with those considering adopting a child who would typically wait longer,

The organisation says Adollhas professional adoption support teams who can offer a wide range of support throughout the child’s journey through to adulthood – you will not be alone at any step of the way. 

To help find parents for these children, the You Can Adopt campaign aims to encourage potential adopters by acknowledging that, while these groups of children will need additional support, the power of family and a permanent home can be transformational for these children, and a circle of support is available to help adopters on this journey.

If you live in or around Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby or Derbyshire and want to find out more about adoption, visit the Adoption East Midlands website or call  0115 804 4567.

“We offer ongoing support to our children and families.”

Shelagh Mitchell
Head of service for Adoption East Midlands

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