Black children spend longer in care than whites, report says

Black and mixed race children remain longer in local authority care than white children as fewer people are coming forward to adopt BME children, according to a recent report. If more people from interracial, African and African-Caribbean backgrounds don’t come forward in much bigger numbers to adopt then looked after children will remain in care until they are 18, the report says. A number of seminars have been organised during the past couple of months for anyone interested in learning more about the adoption and fostering process.

A mixed race child who is in the system
Black child adopted by white family

The situation has now become critical, and an experienced child safeguarding expert has recently said that she is aware of one particular 18 years-old black boy who was fostered 40 times before ending up in a Juvenal detention centre. “It is outrageous that so many of our children are languishing in local authority care because we refuse to come forward and adopt them,” says Sundjata, the chair of The Afrikan Family Works. The Afrikan Family Works’ campaign is aimed at reaching everybody within the African and African-Caribbean community with two simply messages, “can you adopt a child,” and if not “can you pass on this message.”