Barnardo’s launches older chil­dren cam­paign

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

CHIL­DREN’S char­ity Barnardo’s is mak­ing an adop­tion plea for older chil­dren.

Be­tween the ages of four and five, the time a child waits to find a new fam­ily in­creases dra­mat­i­cally.

This year’s Na­tional Adop­tion Week cam­paign en­ti­tled ‘Too Old at 4?’ calls on peo­ple from around the UK to come for­ward and wel­come an older child into their fam­ily.

Barnardo’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, Javed Khan, said: “Older chil­dren wait nearly 50 per cent longer than ba­bies to be matched with their adop­tive fam­i­lies. The sooner we can find sta­ble, lov­ing fam­i­lies to care for them, the sooner they can be­gin to ful­fil their po­ten­tial.

“Our ex­pe­ri­ence shows that adopt­ing an older child, sib­lings, or a child with a dis­abil­ity can bring a great deal of joy for the whole fam­ily.”

Chil­dren who en­ter care be­fore their first birth­day wait two years to be adopted; by the time they turn five they will wait more than three years to be adopted.

This week, Barnardo’s has also called for peo­ple to con­sider adopt­ing sib­lings and dis­abled chil­dren, giv­ing them the care that they de­serve.

n ACHIEVE­MENTS: Mayor Ge­orge Cooper and may­oress Ju­dith Cooper with ten­nis play­ers Va­lerie Copenhagen, Jor­danne Whi­ley and Andy Lapthorne and lead pro­gram coach Stu­art Wilkin­son Pho­tos by Grant Humphreys www.buyapho­totms.co.uk WL156394

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