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July 02, 2021
Latest government data shows that 14% of the UK population is from a black or other ethnic minority background. But according to latest data from the Adoption & Special Guardianship Leadership Board (ASGLB), 18% of children waiting for adoption are from these backgrounds.
Children from black and other minority ethnic backgrounds wait significantly longer in care before being adopted, and we urgently need more adopters to meet this need.
A national survey conducted by the government-funded #YouCanAdopt campaign revealed that, whilst motivations regarding adoption are overwhelmingly positive amongst the black community, there are a number of misconceptions that deter people from taking the next step. This includes concerns around people feeling that their housing is not adequate (35%); finances not being in a good enough position (30%) and worries about their age (20%).
Their data also revealed that there are a number of incorrect assumptions about the type of person who can adopt. Contrary to beliefs outlined in their survey, those for whom English is not their first language, single people and couples who are not married can adopt.
Caroline is a single, black adopter who became a mum with the help of SFCS. She says, “I always knew I wanted children, but it didn’t happen for me naturally, so I decided to adopt. I’m divorced, but I work as a social worker, so was aware that you can be single and still adopt.”
“I knew I wanted to adopt a little boy, as I come from a family of brothers. I also understood that adoption agencies have difficulty placing black boys with permanent families. Steven came to live with me just before his 3rd birthday, and it feels so right and natural. My whole extended family love him dearly too. Having a child has exceeded my expectations – my life is more fulfilled and I would definitely recommend adoption.”
Mahmood and Parveen also adopted with SFCS. They are a Muslim couple, and their faith was particularly important to them when it came to their decision to adopt. Mahmood says, “One of the reasons for us deciding to adopt was our religion – Islam. Islam puts a lot of emphasis on helping other people and the Holy Quran specifically mentions helping orphans or those who do not have parents for any reason.”
“We are a family now and we cannot imagine living without each other. Yes, we have had to change and adapt our lifestyle to suit our children and I am sure this will change further as they grow and develop and their needs change, but this is all for the better.”
If you are from a black, Asian or other minority ethnic background and would like to find out more about adopting with SFCS, please visit our I’d Like To Adopt page. Our guide to the adoption process will also show you what you can expect throughout your journey, and our adoption support section details the range of support we can offer to you and your family as you move through the adoption process.
But if you have any questions or concerns about any aspect of the adoption process or would just like to have an informal, friendly chat, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us – we’d be delighted to talk to you.