May 28, 2019
Around 3,000 children are currently in care awaiting adoption in the UK. In the East of England region, children waiting to be adopted outnumber potential adopters by nearly 4:1.* To help meet the need for more adopters in our region, SFCS will be celebrating Big Adoption Day, on Wednesday 5th June.
Since 2010, SFCS has transformed the lives of many vulnerable children and potential parents, placing more than 250 children with 187 new families.
On Big Adoption Day, independent adoption agencies across England will open their doors to host adoption information events. Big Adoption Day events are open to anyone who may be considering building a family through adoption – regardless of age, race, cultural background, religion, marital status or sexual orientation.
The SFCS event will enable prospective adopters to gain a better understanding of the adoption process, and the needs of children who are awaiting adoption. Attendees will also hear about real adoption experiences from an SFCS adopter, and learn about the range of support services SFCS provide to help children thrive and families bond. There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions and speak privately to a social worker if desired.
Alison Miller, CEO of SFCS says: “Many of the children currently awaiting adoption are sadly deemed ‘hard to place’. Children over the age of four, sibling groups of two or more, children with disabilities or additional needs, and children from black and minority ethnic backgrounds all wait longer in the care system before families are found for them.
“On Big Adoption Day, we’re sharing real, inspiring stories from our adopters and asking people from all walks of life to consider if they could provide love, security and permanency to a vulnerable child.”
There aren’t many decisions that will change your life forever; adopting a child is one of them. If you’re considering adoption, why not come along to the SFCS Big Adoption Day info evening: 6.30pm – 8pm, Wednesday 5th June, at Collis House, 48 Newport Road, Woolstone, Milton Keynes MK15 0AA.
*October 2018 data based on information from Adoption Match, which until 29th March 2019 operated the Adoption Register for England on behalf of the Department for Education. Data report produced for National Adoption Week 2018: https://www.first4adoption.org.uk/library/statistics-on-children-awaiting-adoption