Most of the children in England waiting for adoption are under four. Over half are waiting to be adopted with at least one brother or sister. The children come from a range of different ethnic and religious backgrounds, and some may have additional needs. What they all have in common is that they have had a difficult start in life and have experienced neglect and abuse before being removed from their birth families to the care system.
In the last three years (2020-23), CCS Adoption found families for 76 children. Their average age was just under three years old. Read these profiles of some children who are typical of the children waiting.