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5 November 2012
To mark the start of National Adoption Week, the British Association of Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) has today released new research which lifts the lid on the myths that put many people off coming forward to adopt a child.
Backing BAAF's campaign, which urges adults to 'rule yourself in' and actively consider offering a home to a child in need of adoption, Action for Children is focusing on children this National Adoption Week and asking prospective adopters 'don't rule them out.'
Our UK-wide services specialise in finding families for the hardest to place children - such as sibling groups, disabled children, children from black and minority ethnic communities and older children - who often face longer in the care system than their peers. Currently, three-quarters of children in the English care system are over four years old.
Action for Children's Operational Director of Fostering, Adoption and Permanency, Darren Johnson, said,"For over 140 years, we have been working with the UK's most vulnerable children and young people - which is exactly why our services focus on those who are at risk of being overlooked when it comes to fostering and adoption.
"This past year, Action for Children helped match 1,400 children with adoptive parents. We believe it's imperative to find the best possible placement for each and every child; one which will help them achieve their full potential and grow into confident, happy adults.
"While recent figures show that the number of adoptions has risen in 2012, there are still thousands of vulnerable children urgently in need of a stable, loving home. We're asking anyone considering adoption to please come forward."