Shortage of families willing to adopt older children

Children over four are statistically less likely to be adopted Credit: ITV News

Are you someone who has ever considered adopting a child?

Well, according to Adoption South West most people who are considering adoption as a way of becoming a parent say they would prefer to adopt a baby, meaning that older children, who are desperately hoping for a parent to come forward, are often overlooked.

It is National Adoption Week and this year adoption services are asking us all to consider the question, 'Too Old at Four?' - as children aged four or older are the ones who often take longer to be adopted, if adopted at all.

Parents Belinda and Andrew Berwick from Devon, who adopted two biological brothers, said that when they began the adoption process, they chose not to discount any child just because of their age.

At any one time in the UK, there are around 3000 children waiting to be adopted. Figures West Country News has obtained from Local Authorities show that here in the South West right now, there are 95 children on the adoption waiting list.

Over the last few years Government legislation has changed making it easier for potential parents to adopt. There is still an assessment process but it no longer matters if you are married, religious, living with a partner, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex, a home owner or if you have a disability.

Holly adopted her daughter about a year ago. She chose adoption because as someone who was born with an intersex body, meaning that when she was born her body didn't fit the typical definitions of male or female, she knew she couldn't have children naturally.

Holly says adoption is open to 'pretty much anyone who is capable of being a loving parent' Credit: ITV News

If you have ever considered adoption and want to find out more visit www.adoptsouthwest.org.uk or freephone 0800 0832227