East of England most likely to consider adopting says new poll for National Adoption Week

  • 17 October 2016

The YouGov poll commissioned by national adoption information service, First4Adoption reveals that 17% people in the region are likely to consider adoption as a way of extending their family. The research, published today to mark National Adoption Week (17 – 23 October), is part of a campaign to promote a wider understanding of adoption and to encourage adopters to come forward for children currently waiting for ‘forever families’.

Sarah Byatt from Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption says, “As this new survey shows, adoption is part of all our lives. Whether it’s within our own family, in our neighbourhood, at work, or at school, we all know someone who’s been touched by adoption. Our aim, this National Adoption Week, is to dispel some of those stubborn myths that cling to adoption and to invite everyone, whatever their adoption connection to find out more by contacting us on 0300 123 1093.”

Gemma Gordon-Johnson, Head of Service at First4Adoption adds, “The last few years have seen a huge increase in people applying to become adoptive parents. This has led to a misconception that there is no longer a need for adopters to come forward. Sadly, there are still thousands of children in England waiting for a permanent family. I’d like to appeal to everyone in the East of England to remember those children this National Adoption Week. You can do this and raise awareness of adoption by sharing the hashtag #SupportAdoption on social media”.

For more information about National Adoption Week  or to arrange an interview with a First4Adoption spokesperson or case study contact Chris Burton, Communications and PR Manager at First4Adoption, on 07967 307597 or chris.burton@first4adoption.org.uk

Useful links and notes

Read the National Adoption Week 2016 YouGov survey here

Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption website

Notes to Editors

1: National Adoption Week runs from 17-23 October 2016 www.first4adoption.org.uk/nationaladoptionweek/

2: Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption is an adoption agency created by UK children’s charity Coram working jointly with Cambridgeshire County Council and with funding from the Department for Education (DfE).

Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption is based in Cambridge and Huntingdon and has a geographical reach to Norfolk, Suffolk, West Essex, East Hertfordshire, and North East London areas.

3: First4Adoption is the national information service for adoption in England. First4Adoption is run by the charities Coram Children’s Legal Centre, Coram and Adoption UK.  We are funded and supported by the Department for Education.