National charity Adoption UK is urging members of the black community to step forward as adoptive parents as part of a campaign during National Adoption Week
In a survey for Adoption UK’s recently published Adoption Barometer report, less than five per cent of adoptive parents came from the black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) community.
But just 3.7 per cent (60) of the 3,570 looked after children who were adopted in England during 2019, were black or black British.
“We need more prospective adopters to come forward from our community as sadly black children still wait longer to be adopted. Of course, there are challenges but the love and care you can provide to a child can make such a difference and the joy of creating your special family is incredible.”
Adoption UK is calling for improvements to the adoption assessment process, to ensure it is geared to meet BAME adopters’ needs
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