Black children and families

Could you welcome a child who needs love into your family?

Many black children and those from a mixed black Caribbean or black African heritage often wait longer to find a new family.

We know how important it is for children to find a stable, loving home at the earliest opportunity for their emotional development and well-being.

Children thrive when they are adopted into families who can share and understand their cultural heritage and identity – so we are really encouraging adopters from a black or mixed heritage background to step forward.

Supporting you

At Coram we welcome all adopters who could support children from a black or mixed heritage background to grow and thrive.  Why not talk to us about the children waiting for adoption? 

We can support you with any questions and concerns that you may have about the adoption process. Our social workers are on hand to explain and support you with what might seem like a daunting process and answer those questions you may about the assessment and preparation process as well as help you communicate with your loved ones about your adoption journey. 

Did you know?

  • 19% of single children in London under 5 with a plan for adoption are from a Black Asian or Minority Ethnic background and many wait over four months to find a family
  • 80% of black African & black Caribbean people have either adopted, considered adopting or would consider adopting in the future*

Adopters' stories

Veronica and David

As black adoptive parents, Veronica and David felt it was important to adopt a child of African or Carribean descent. Find out about how they met Ethan, who was 15 months when he was adopted. 

Read Veronica and David's story


For Monica, it was important for her to adopt children from a similar ethnic background to herself. she says: “I’d read a lot about the difficulty of adopting children from mixed race and Black African backgrounds as siblings. The statistics of ethnic minortiy children waiting for adoption were very high so it was very important to me.”

Read Monica's story 


Henrietta adopted a son with her partner, and tells her story in the video below. She talks about the myths around adoption, and her positive experience of the adoption process. 

*from the National Adoption Recruitment Steering Group 2020, You Can Adopt website