Disabled children are less likely to be adopted, let's change that!
This year’s campaign hoped to increase interest in adoption and stop the spread of myths that might stop people from applying in the first place.
Who can adopt?
To adopt you need to meet a certain criteria, but this is more relaxed and open than you might expect.
First4adoption says you can apply to become an adoptive parent if:
- You’re single, married or in a long term ‘live in’ relationship
- You own your own home or rent, if you are employed or on benefits
- You and your partner are 21 years of age or over
You can adopt regardless of:
- Other children
- Impairment and health conditions
- Ethnicity, gender identity, sexuality or faith
These criteria are important to know because people sometimes think those who are LGBTQI can’t adopt. This is an outdated assumption based on discrimination.
Can I adopt a disabled child?
Yes, 40% of children on the waiting list to be adopted are disabled.
The Guardian suggests that there’s a high number of disabled children due to people lacking the confidence to care for additional needs and a preference for adopting non-disabled babies and toddlers.
This calls for a change in focus to the positive aspects of raising disabled children and the qualities, personalities and unique traits they each have as individuals.
Interview with Garry RatcliffeTo learn more about adoption we spoke to Garry Ratcliffe. He’s a dad of 4 and co-founder of the disability charity Curly’s Legacy.
Can you tell us a little about your family?
Did you have any initial fears or worries about adopting disabled children?
What has adopting children brought to your lives?
What made you start your own charity ‘Curly’s Legacy’ and what does it offer disabled families?
Do you have any advice for people considering adoption?
Garry is @Garryrat on Twitter.
For more information on adopting, visit the #Youcanadopt website.
Let us know what you think:
- Do you have any experience of adoption?
- What more could promote the adoption of disabled children?
- Do you have any messages for Garry and his family?
Tell us in the comments below.
Want to tell us about your experience on the community? Talk to our chatbot and let us know.