National Adoption Week 2015: Too old at four?

Stephensons is supporting National Adoption Week 2015, which will take place from the 19th to 25th October. This year's theme is ‘Too old at 4?’

National Adoption Week 2015 aims to highlight the widespread focus on babies when it comes to the adoption process and a lack of awareness of the needs of older children.

Older children waiting to be adopted are often in sibling groups or have additional needs and there is currently a shortage of adoptive parents coming forward.

Mike Devlin, Head of Family, Stephensons, said: “If there is a delay in children being removed from abusive homes and a delay in placing them, every day is a problem for the child. It’s too simple to say that four is too old but by the time a child is four it becomes very difficult for them to be adopted successfully”.

During National Adoption Week 2015 local authorities, adoption agencies and many others who work in adoption will be drawing attention to these vulnerable children and help them find forever homes.

“One of the great joys in our adult life is to become a parent. It’s a great privilege to be able to help someone else form a family, for parents to meet their children. I feel honoured to be able to be a part of the adoption process”.