Suffolk Fostering and Adoption reveals hardest children to find homes for

Emma Whitton (left) and Jade Cuckow with the Suffolk Fostering and Adoption stand Picture: SUFFOLK C

Emma Whitton (left) and Jade Cuckow with the Suffolk Fostering and Adoption stand Picture: SUFFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL - Credit: Suffolk County Council

Suffolk’s fostering and adoption service has shined a spotlight on some of the harder children to find homes for in its latest campaign.

Suffolk Fostering and Adoption held events across Suffolk last week as part of National Adoption Week, encouraging people to find out more.

As part of the drive, the team has highlighted some of the groups of youngsters who traditionally spend longer before finding a home.

Andreia Kolozsvari, consultant social worker, said: “From our experience children over the age of four are always harder to find adoptive families for.

“Children who come as brothers and sisters, perhaps they spend a longer amount of time in care because there are less adopters or people who feel able to commit to two or more children

. “Children from black and ethnic minority, sadly,  would be the kind of children who will spend longer in care.

"But the bottom line is that we need all sorts of people from all sorts of backgrounds, because we have children of different ages, different ethnicities, different abilities, so I am pretty certain there must be a family out there for each of these children.”

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The team has released a series of videos utilising the experiences of existing adopters and foster carers in Suffolk, with the latest focusing on adopting siblings.

The team said there is always a need for people to come forward, and urged people to talk to the team before dismissing it.

Some of the common myths the service encounters is people who feel they cannot adopt because of their finances, being single or their housing situation.

Jade Cuckow, family support practitioner said: “Talking to our foster carers and adopters they get to make a stable home for a child, they get to support the child through life changes.

“The children we know ask that somebody can be patient with them, can love them,  can support them through times that are a bit tough. “For our young people in care they have been through some tricky times, they have got some challenging behaviour and just someone that stands by them even when times get a bit tricky. “Ultimately they want somebody to love and support them.”

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