This year, alongside our regular online adoption information sessions, the Home for Good team will be offering a series of special information sessions. Our session on Thursday 2 December is for anyone considering adopting a child over the age of 3, be that in their immediate or long-term future.
In England, the average age of a child at adoption is 3 years old. Latest figures show that there are around 2,030 children currently waiting for adoption. 51% of these children had been waiting 18 months or more. In the last quarter, 80% of children adopted were under the age of 5.
In Scotland, 73% of children adopted were under the age of five.
In Wales, the average age of children adopted during 2019/20 was 3 years old.
In Northern Ireland, the average age of children at the time of adoption was 3 years 10 months. Children wait on average 3 years and 2 months to be adopted. 21% of children who were adopted were aged 5-9 years.
Across the UK there are children over the age of three waiting for adoption. Many of these children are part of a sibling group. The Home for Good team will share about the experiences and needs of these children. Experienced adopters will outline some of the joys and challenges from their personal experience and share about the assessment and matching process when they adopted a child over the age of 3. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions.
The meeting will take place via Zoom (details provided after signup). Please register using the form below. Registration closes at noon on Thursday 2 December. Do book early to avoid disappointment.
Information referenced available here.