Demand for adoptive parents exceeds number available for children in need

There are twice as many children waiting for adoption, as there are potential parents willing to adopt.

Now, Banbury-based charity, Adoption UK, is campaigning for more prospective parents to consider the option.

The number of children waiting for adoption from black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds is disproportionately high.

Well, there are many reasons for it, some of it is to do with the number of children coming into care, very unfortunately not able to remain in their first families, many have faced neglect and abuse, many have gone through periods of instability."

Sue Armstrong Brown, Chief Executive, Adoption UK

Alison adopted a five-year-old girl, after realising that having children herself was not an option.

She says, despite the challenges, she's been proud to have her as her daughter, who's now a teenager.

I suppose I got to my early 40s and I desperately wanted to be a mum. The first couple of years were pretty tough, she was a very angry confused little girl, a five year old who turned up on my doorstep. She's incredibly supportive of me as a single parent, and she needs a lot of support she still does to this day, but she's just amazing, resilient, optimistic, cheerful, and loving."

Alison Woodhead, Adoptive mother

of adopters in England come from the BAME community

The charity is being supported by Olympic Gold medallist and adoptive parent Tessa Sanderson.

She is an ambassador for the charity, and over the years, has been keen to promote adoption.

Tessa Sanderson is an adoptive parent herself. Credit: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment