Talking Black Adoption

Black History Month 2021

This Black History Month, we are looking at the stories and experiences of Black adoptive families.

Becoming a parent through adoption is life-changing. There are challenges, joys and so many special moments to experience as you grow your family in this unique way, and our adopters are here to tell you all about it!

Why are we talking about Black adoption?

There are children from all backgrounds and cultures waiting to find loving, permanent homes. It's important to talk specifically about adoption when it comes to children of Black and minority ethnic backgrounds waiting in care, because these children tend to wait longer to be adopted.

In England, figures* show that while white children wait an average of 19 months to be adopted, children from Black and mixed ethnic groups wait longer:

  • Children of mixed white/Black African ethnic backgrounds wait 21 months
  • Children from Black African ethnic backgrounds wait 24 months
  • Children from Black Caribbean ethnic backgrounds wait the longest at 28 months

The waiting times rise for children who have additional needs, children who are older or those waiting to be adopted with their siblings.

We need more adopters from Black Caribbean, Black African and other Black and minority ethnic backgrounds to consider adoption as a path to parenthood so that children can be placed in families they can identify with culturally, visually and emotionally. In particular, if you could consider adopting brothers and sisters, children aged 3 and older or children with additional needs, we are keen to hear from you.

We recommend that you download our Guide to Adoption as a first step and then come to one of our adoption information events to find out more. To book onto an event or get in touch with our team, please fill in this form or call 0300 456 4800. Lines are open 10am-5pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10am-8pm on Tuesday and Thursday, and 10am-1pm on Saturday.


Talking Black adoption videos

Interview with social worker Nadine

Interview with adopters Ian and Marcia

Interview with adopters Eddie and Jody

Black adoption panel discussion


Talking Black adoption podcasts

Coming soon...


To read more stories from Black adopters, visit our Black and minority ethnicity adoption page.

Data provided by Home For Good, 31st December 2019