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CoramBAAF proud to support this year’s National Adoption Week and its focus on ‘priority’ children

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National Adoption Week launches today and this year’s focus is on the ‘priority’ children who wait the longest for a loving home – those in a sibling group, children from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds, older children and those with complex health needs or those that are disabled.

As the UK’s leading membership organisation supporting vulnerable children, CoramBAAF strongly supports the campaign and encourage all people who have ever thought about adoption to make the next step and find out more.

Latest figures published by the Adoption & Special Guardianship Leadership Board (ASGB) reveal that there are currently 4,140 children in England with a plan for adoption and 1,700 families approved to adopt. These statistics further highlight the ongoing and urgent need to find permanent, loving families for the children who desperately need them.

Dr John Simmonds, Director of Policy, Research & Development said:

"National Adoption Week has been a core event for the adoption sector for 25 years or more. The message has always focussed on one issue - the year on year need to recruit prospective adoptive parents for children who urgently need to be placed for adoption. That message is usually accompanied by two other messages - the first - the challenge in finding adopters for ‘harder to place children’ - those who are older, with complex health needs or are disabled, children in sibling groups and those from black and minority ethnic backgrounds. And then the second core message - that the key factor for prospective adopters is their motivation, commitment and capacity to create a family life for these children - not their social class, their marital status, their sexuality or their culture. These are the core messages for National Adoption Week 2019 and I am delighted to continue to be able pass these messages on. My hope is that the response meets these core objectives."

For more information on National Adoption Week 2019 and to see how the Guardian is supporting this year’s event, visit www.first4adoption.org.uk/nationaladoptionweek