“The Department of Health estimates that there are approximately 3,200 children waiting for adoption in Wales and England," said Mr. Cooney. In Wales alone we have about 320 children who are waiting for loving homes. Their ages range from three to ten years.
“Some are brothers and sisters who need to remain together. Others are single children. There are children from ethnic minority communities.
“While most of the children to be placed for adoption are in good health, some have different degrees of disabilities. Sadly many of the children who are placed for adoption have been abused, neglected or ill-treated. They all have one thing in common: they need to be welcomed in a loving family.
“Time is crucial in finding them a permanent adoptive family. It is sad to think that children who, through no fault of their own have lost their childhood, have lost the right to be loved, to be played with, understood and hugged, and who have been deprived of the opportunity to become an adult who could make a significant contribution to society.”
Mr Cooney encourages families not only to consider adoption, but also to discuss with friends, relatives and neighbours the great need that exists for people to come forward to adopt the vulnerable children seeking a home.
“Anyone willing to consider adopting a child should not worry whether they will be ruled out because of age, disability, religion, or ethnic reasons,” he said.
“ The Society will be happy to receive inquiries from all concerned. Would be adopters can take the first step by picking up the telephone or a pen and contacting the St David Children's Society. Bishop Brown House, Durham Street, Grangetown, Cardiff, CF11/6PB, Telephone 02920667007.
Note for news desks: Interviews can be arranged with society officials and or adoptive families.
GERRY COONEY ST DAVID’S CHILDREN SOCIETY
JOHN O’SULLIVAN, PRESS OFFICER,
ST DAVID’S CHILDREN SOCIETY, CARDIFF,
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