There are many reasons why our children need to be adopted. Some have come into care because of abuse or neglect and others have had inconsistent care, but all of them need a safe and stable permanent home with loving parents.
Which children need adopting
In Sheffield, we have children from a wide range of different backgrounds who need adopted families. Many of them also need additional help and support as they grow up.
- vary in age
- have a physical and/or learning disability
- be a sibling group of a variety of ages who need to stay together
- be children who come from different cultural backgrounds
All of them will require plenty of help and support as they grow up as an adopted child.
Areas of most need
We’re always looking for adopters for children of all ages, but at the moment we have the most need for adopters who can give a home to:
- children who are less than two years of age
- children over the age of 4 (particularly boys)
- sibling groups
- children of BAME backgrounds
- children of all ages with additional needs
Adoptive families for sibling groups of 2, 3 or even 4 children are always needed in Sheffield.
We also really need adoptive families for older children, children with additional needs and those of BAME backgrounds. These are children tend to wait longer to find their permanent families.
Fostering to Adopt is a Government plan aimed to prevent delay for babies and young children who are very likely to be placed with adoptive families. When fostering to adopt, prospective adopters are also assessed as foster carers, so that a baby or young child can be placed with them either at the point they come into care or soon after. If you’ve applied to adopt a child you can also apply for early permanence, which means that a baby or young child can be placed with you either at the point they come into care or soon after. This avoids a delay for babies and young children who are very likely to be placed with an adoptive family.
Fostering a child or children earlier means they will make fewer moves and they can be with you much earlier. There are a few more risks for adopters who choose to take this route but it can be hugely beneficial. We’re happy to talk to you about this in more detail once we’ve started the adoption journey.
Adopting from outside Sheffield
One you’re approved as a Sheffield adopter you don’t have to wait to adopt a child from Sheffield. We partner alongside other authorities regionally and nationally to find children for our adopters and adopters for our children.
Adopting a child from outside the UK
If you want to adopt a child from outside the UK, there are a number of complex legal and immigration regulations which will vary from country to country. We have commissioned Yorkshire Adoption Agency to provide advice to people considering this route.
How to adopt
Many of the children in our care have to wait a long time before finding adoptive parents who can provide them with a stable and loving home. If you think you would be able and willing to make them a part of your loving family, you might be the right person to adopt with us.