These days very few children are given up for adoption by their parents at birth. Instead, the majority of children who need new families need them because of concerns about the parenting they have previously received. The development of children and young people may have been affected through experiences of neglect, abuse or drug/alcohol dependencies in their early lives, or extended periods in time in care.
Children waiting for adoption in Tower Hamlets come from many different ethnic backgrounds.
We would particularly like to hear from families who are interested in parenting:
- Older children aged 4 plus
- Sibling groups so we can keep brothers and sisters together
- Children with disabilities or uncertainties
- Children from a mixed heritage background
These groups of children sometimes get overlooked but we have found that families who have gone on to adopt an older child for example, have found it hugely rewarding. It is also worth keeping in mind that adoptive parents are able to access an extensive array of adoption therapeutic support via the Adoption Support Fund. At Tower Hamlets, we have a team of very experienced adoption support workers who are also on hand to support families post adoption. Have a read about what support we offer.
We currently have a pool of approved adopters who are interested in adopting younger children, so it may be unlikely that we will be able to consider families who are set on this age range.
Situations can change however and we are more than happy to speak to anyone interested in adoption to offer advice and information so please get in touch.