Adoption & Fostering ~ Every Child Needs a Family
When comparing the ethnicity of looked-after children under 16 in 2002 with the general population of children under 16 in England, black and minority ethnic children are over-represented: 17 per cent of looked-after children, compared with 13 per cent of the general population, are of a black minority ethnic background.
The largest groups of looked-after black and minority ethnic children have one or both parents with an African Caribbean or African heritage. Other large groups of looked-after children come under the headings of ‘any other mixed background’ and ‘any other ethnic group’. There are much smaller numbers of children with Chinese, Bangladeshi, Indian and Pakistani backgrounds.
An increasing number of asylum seeking children from Africa and central Europe are beginning to have an impact on the profile of looked-after children. Many of these children may have been traumatised and living in very stressful circumstances, which means that they often need more specialist care. Click Here to find out how you can register to become a Adoptive Parent or Foster Carer.