ARC Adoption calls for adopters as latest figures show children in the north east awaiting adoption outnumber adopters by 3 to 1

The latest data published by the government shows that the North East has nearly three times as many children awaiting adoptive families as there are adopters. The figures, based on the latest data reveals the region currently has 350 children waiting to be adopted and 105 families approved to adopt.

Director at Sunderland based adoption agency, ARC Adoption North East, Terry Fitzpatrick says, “This report highlights the on-going and urgent need to find adoptive families for children who desperately need them. Adoption transforms the lives of those it touches and this National Adoption Week we are asking anyone who has ever thought about adoption to find out more about the adoption process and the outstanding support that is available to them at ARC Adoption North East. Whether you’re married, single, gay or heterosexual, if you think you might be able to give a vulnerable child a nurturing and loving home, please get in touch, the professional team at ARC Adoption North East would love to hear from you”.

 The latest statistics from the Adoption & Special Guardianship Leadership Board (ASGLB)** also reveals that of the children awaiting adoption:

  • 29% are aged over five years
  • 5% have a disability
  • 10% are from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic backgrounds
  • 62% are in siblings

Terry adds, “Children who come to adoption do so because their birth families are unable to care for them. Many of them have experienced neglect and trauma. All of these children need a loving, stable home. They also need support and love to help them overcome their difficult 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 and joy. If you’re interested in finding out more, please contact ARC Adoption North East today”.

If you are interested in adoption contact us or call ARC Adoption on 01915166466