Former Olympic athlete Jamie Baulch has urged people to consider adopting Black Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) children as they often wait the longest to be adopted, according to research.
Jamie was adopted at six months old and said he was “lucky” to be adopted when he was. He said being a mixed race child means it can take longer to be adopted, so he’s “filled with gratitude.”
His message to people considering adoption is:
Give a person a chance. It doesn’t matter what colour skin you’ve got, it doesn’t matter, just give a kid a chance.
Research also shows that there are fewer prospective adoptive parents from an ethnic background.
of adopters in Wales identify themselves as BAME
of children waiting for a permanent home are BAME
Jamie said he is grateful for all the opportunities his adoptive parents have given him.
Although he noticed a difference between himself and his white parents when he was growing up, he said ultimately they have enhanced each others lives.