There are 4,140 children in England awaiting adoption, according to new figures, which is double the number of parents approved to take them on.
As National Adoption Week kicks off today, charities have issued a heartfelt plea for more willing parents to step forward and join the 1,700 who can to adopt children.
New figures from the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board (ASGB) reveal that, of the 4,140 children, 28 per cent are aged over five years, 20 per cent are from a BAME background and 57 per cent are in sibling groups wile four per cent have a disability.
The best thing my wife and I ever did, along with having our two boys, was adopting our beautiful daughter. Nothing compares to the happiness and meaning she has given to our lives. #NationalAdoptionWeekhttps://t.co/Y7m3kC9kCJ
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) October 14, 2019
With family relationship breakdown one of the leading causes of homelessness and a significant number of care leavers also ending up on the streets, adoption can play a pivotal role in offering a vital parental figure that can help a young person find their path in life.
That’s why Sue Armstrong Brown, chief executive of Adoption UK, places so much emphasis on the “transformative effect” that adoption can have on young lives.