Adoption is an emotive subject and seldom out of the news. But a shortage of people coming forward to adopt is the greatest barrier in helping more children find their ‘forever’ families, writes Gerry Cooney, chief executive at St David’s Children’s Society.
Perceived barriers include unemployment, age, smoking, weight issues, delays and political correctness.
Unemployment is not an obstacle to adoption. In fact the opposite is the case.
Unemployed families often have more time and energy to invest in children. Nor should the lack of finances be a barrier. In some cases on-going financial support is available.