Some children wait much longer than others to be adopted.
We're supporting a new national campaign 'A Life Less Ordinary' from You Can Adopt, encouraging people to think differently about adoption and the children waiting longest.
Book onto one of our information events to find out about adopting a child who needs it most.
In Lancashire and Blackpool, 45% of children waiting to be adopted are part of a sibling group and 20% of children are over the age of 5.
While these groups of children may be seen as ‘harder to place’ with an adoptive family, they are not harder to love.
Watch this short film from You Can Adopt featuring a panel of child ‘experts’ interviewing real life adopters. Find out for yourself about the rewards and challenges of adopting children who wait longer.
While there has been a significant increase in the number of people coming forward to adopt, it is common for people to want to adopt a single, very young child.
However, we need more adopters for brother and sister groups, older children and children with additional needs.
While it might not always be easy, there is a range of support available for all adoptive parents, in particular for those who adopt children who typically wait longest.
We offer a range of adoption support services which starts with preparation to adopt, and includes support groups, training, workshops, family days and more specialised therapy.
If you are thinking about adoption, have any questions, or just want to find out more, book onto one of our information events.
Hear from real people who have been through the experience.
#YouCanAdopt have produced a series of podcasts to help dispel some of the myths that surround adoption.
Nessa is a single adopter of 2 boys. Miles is 9 and has global developmental delay and learning disabilities. Bobby is 3 and has suffered a non-accidental injury and due to this he is partially sighted. He also has epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and global developmental delay. Read their story.
If you're thinking about adoption, then you can find out more at one of our information events.
If you'd prefer to speak to someone, then give us a call on 0300 123 6727 and we’ll be in touch with you as soon as possible.
Children with a disability wait 11 months longer to be adopted.