What sort of children need to be adopted? There are thousands of children in the UK that are in need of loving and nurturing families, and many of these children are of different ages and come from very different backgrounds. Almost every 'looked after' child (a child who is in care) today will have been removed from their parents, as opposed to being voluntarily relinquished. The children that wait the longest for a loving and nurturing family are usually older children over the age of four, brothers and sisters who need to stay together, children with disabilities, as well as those from black and ethnic minority backgrounds. Children may have a variety of behavioural and emotional issues due to their early life experiences, which may include some degree of attachment difficulties. This is something that adopters will learn about during training as they progress through the adoption process. If you are considering adopting a baby there are different options available to you, such as Fostering for Adoption. If you would like to know more about adoption with ARC Adoption North East and the support available, please contact us.