19 October 2015

Military adopters must not be overlooked

On National Adoption Week 2015 the Government’s advisor on children has joined SSAFA, in our appeal to local authorities across the UK not to overlook military adopters for the children waiting for families.

Sir Martin Narey, Government advisor on children, and ex CEO of Barnardo’s, said:

“At a time when some children are still waiting for months and sometimes years for families to adopt them, we must not overlook anyone who could provide a child with a loving, stable family.

“Those who are serving in our Armed Forces can bring strong qualities to parenting. As I’ve observed when I was privileged enough to meet some, military personnel are often extremely resourceful individuals, willing and able to take on a challenge and surmount the challenges which adoption can present alongside the joy it can also provide. Serving builds on your personal efficacy, resilience and self confidence which are all great attributes for a parent to pass on to their child, in particular those children in the care system who are harder to place.

“Having the right kind of support in place is also crucial to ensure placements are successful. The Adoption Team at SSAFA has the experience and expertise to offer tailored support whenever it is needed, either during the assessment process or once the children have been adopted.”

Corienne Strange, Adoption Service Manager, SSAFA, said:

“SSAFA is aware of examples where some local authorities are seeing military personnel as less attractive prospective adopters by viewing military commitments as barriers to adoption. SSAFA Adoption Service has been placing children for adoption with military families for over 20 years and is familiar with the unusual and peripatetic lifestyle of these families. We have developed ways to work in tandem with their lifestyles, work patterns and employers.

“SSAFA also has a network of local volunteers across the UK ready to lend a hand to their adoptive families when needed. It could be something as small as help with the school run when one parent has been deployed but it is a constant network of invaluable support.“

To find out more about adopting with SSAFA call 020 7463 9326 or click here.