One of the UK’s main children’s charities has highlighted the sad fact that too many children are being passed over for adoption because of individual personal characteristics, such as their age, ethnicity, disability or because they have siblings.

Children being passed over

The data, released by Barnardo’s at the start of its Fostering and Adoption Week, shows that:

High level of demand

Demand for adoption or foster care continues to be high, with additional figures published by Barnardo’s showing that:

Adoption in Glasgow

The position at local level is highlighted by a new campaign by Glasgow City Council which, like the majority of local authorities throughout the UK, faces an ever increasing number of children coming into care.

Figures from the council show that it is currently responsible for around 3,600 children and young people in care, of whom around 1,200 are looked after by foster carers. Around two-thirds of children in care are there because their parents have, or have had, substance misuse problems.

Over the past two years, the number of children taken into care in Glasgow has increased by around 300, with 200 of these going into foster care.

According to the council, there are currently around 500 foster householders in the region, many of whom are now approaching retirement. The council therefore urgently needs more people to come forward to be adoptive parents or foster carers.

Many people are eligible to adopt

To try and maximise the number of people coming forward, the council is highlighting the wide range of people who are eligible to adopt or foster, and clarifying a number of misconceptions that still exist over eligibility.

The council is reminding people that: