Barnardos launch fifth annual fostering and adoption week
Published: 23.01.13Children who wait the longest to be adopted are the focus of Barnardos annual fostering and adoption week this year.
To launch the 2013 campaign the children’s charity projected images representing older children, disabled children, sibling groups and black and minority ethnic children onto the V&A Museum of Childhood in London.
The charity highlighted statistics that a white child in care is three times as likely to be adopted as black and ethnic minority children, and the proportion of children being adopted drops from one in three when a child is age four or younger, to one in 15 when they turn five. Disabled children and those in sibling groups were also highlighted as waiting the longest time to be adopted.
The campaign aims to raise awareness around why these groups of children are struggling to find new parents and provoke discussion about fostering and adoption. They are hoping that more prospective adopters and foster carers will come forward:
“Adoption and fostering can not only make a huge difference to a child’s life, but can also be extremely rewarding for the parents and families themselves.”
Speaking to Children and Young People Now, Barnardo’s chief executive Anne Marie Carrie said:
“These children may never experience the love and affection they need to grow and so many of us take for granted.”