Adopting older children | Oxfordshire County Council

Adopting older children

We are particularly seeking to recruit families for children in the 5-8 age range

Older children needing adoption

Only a proportion of the children we place are young babies as there is a need for secure and stable adoptive homes for children of all ages.  Our greatest need is beyond babyhood, particularly for family groups of two or more children, children of mixed race and occasionally children who have a physical or learning disability.

The majority of children placed for adoption will have been removed from their parents through the court system. All of these children will have had their plan for adoption approved by the court. These children come to adoption with their own identity, background and family history, all of which will impact on their adoptive home and require understanding and acceptance by their adoptive families.

However, in a loving, secure home these children thrive when they realise that they really are part of the family. Children considered to be older - need resilient parents who can help them come to terms with the past.

Rewarding experience

Adopters say that adopting older children can be easier from some perspectives, children can communicate their needs with you, they do come with a history but you will know about that history. As with all our adopters you will be supported throughout the process of linking a child with you, for the first year of the child living with you and for as long as you or the child need adoption support in the future.

Older children are amongst those who wait the longest so we are keen to hear from you if you can give a permanent and loving home to an older child. Adopting an older child isn't always easy but as many adoptive parents will tell you, it can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. 

Last reviewed
04 May 2016

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