Barnardo’s launches older children campaign
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.
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