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Friday 1 December 2017

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Adoption Counts are appealing for the African and Caribbean Community to come forward to adopt

Manchester’s and East Cheshire’s regional adoption agency – Adoption Counts, are urging people from the black African and Caribbean communities in the area to come forward and consider adoption.

Children of a black African and Caribbean background often wait longer to be adopted, alongside sibling groups of two or more. While Adoption Counts, the regional adoption agency for Manchester, Cheshire East, Trafford, Salford and Trafford local authorities, has had over 300 enquiries since they launched in July 2017; they are finding it particularly challenging to find adopters who will consider black African and Caribbean children.

While these children may wait longer, black adopters often find a match with their child or children sooner. We welcome mixed couples as well as single people, and it doesn’t matter if you are co-habiting, divorced or widowed, regardless of your sexual orientation.

Sue Westwood, Regional Adoption Agency Manager says:

“Adoption Counts wants to hear from anyone who feels they could offer a child a warm and loving home. The black African and Caribbean community are well known for their family values, compassion and strong community networks”.

Valerie E Campell, Advisor, Children’s Advocate and Community Worker, says:

“It’s increasingly difficult to find adopters in the African and Caribbean community.  There continues to be a persistent lack of available adopters to provide loving homes for our children. Adoption Counts aims to raise awareness in the community with the view to providing a resolution.  It is seeking to secure potential adopters for our Black and Caribbean children.  Our children deserve to have a safe and secure home and the right to prosper in their own community.”

As well the life changing and amazing experience of being an adoptive parent, our adopters will receive vital support and training to help them understand the experiences their children may have faced. We also have support groups for adults and activities days for the children to meet others who have been adopted.

Anyone interested in finding out more about becoming adopters in and around Stockport, Manchester, Salford, Trafford and Cheshire East should contact Adoption Counts on 0300 123 2676 or visit

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