Adoption Week 5 - 11 November 2012


Across Northern Ireland there are a wide range of children waiting for a family for life.


There are very few babies today who need to be adopted, but children of all ages, usually aged between two and ten years are in need of a permanent family home. There are many ‘sibling groups’ ie. brothers and sisters who need to be given an opportunity to grow up together in their family unit.

Children of different cultures, religious and ethnic backgrounds may need a family for life through adoption.

Most children who need an adoptive family are in foster care. The most common reasons for this are neglect or abuse (physical, sexual, or emotional), their parents may have addiction problems, poor physical / mental health or simply a lack of skills and knowledge required to parent their child.

To find out more about adoption visit the new regional website