21% of children who wait the longest to be adopted are from Black and ethnic minority groups.

At a time when national statistics reveal a disproportionately high number of Black and mixed heritage children in the UK care system and that children from Black and ethnic minority groups take longer to be placed with an adoptive family, the latest #YouCanAdopt campaign is focussing on increasing the number of Black adopters.

The campaign primarily aims to dispel some of the myths around who can adopt and raise awareness that key attributes for adopting a child are the ability to provide a loving, safe, stable home and that factors such as occupation, salary and the size of someone’s home, are not important. 

All types of people are eligible to adopt - gender, relationship status, ethnicity, age or religion don’t matter; if you can love and care for a child.

The campaign also seeks to inform Black communities that becoming an adopter is easier than many people think, with more support available today, and the process towards approval typically taking around 6 months.  

To support the campaign, this new film has been released featuring three families talking about their experiences of adoption.

This campaign joins an ongoing initiative to find adoptive families for children in sibling groups, with the goal of keeping brothers and sisters together. Of 2,030 children waiting to be adopted in England, 890 are part of a family group.

#YouCanAdopt is a nationwide adopter recruitment campaign which aims to raise awareness of adoption and who is eligible. The campaign is being delivered by The National Adoption Recruitment Steering Group and is supported by the Department for Education as well as a range of regional and voluntary adoption agencies such as ARC Adoption North East.

More information is available on the #YouCanAdopt website here: https://www.youcanadopt.co.uk/blackadopters/

To find out more about the adoption process and the outstanding support available to you throughout your adoption journey and beyond from the ARC Adoption North East team, please get in touch