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Why do we need your help?

This is a picture of a boy standing beside a table looking upwards. Parents for Children is a small charity that specialises in finding families across the UK for children with special needs. We believe that there is a family out there for every child, no matter what their disability is or how much support and help they need.

Since we began in 1976, we have found permanent homes for over 250 children with complex needs. We were the first UK agency to find permanent families for children with Down's syndrome and our specialist service is as vital today as it was when we began. Our child-centred approach looks for parents for children, rather than the other way around.

This is a picture of Emma. Emma is just six years old, with a cheeky smile and a great sense of humour. She likes playing with other children and longs for a pet of her own – just like any other six year old. But Emma is different to other children; abandoned at birth because of her disabilities, she has spent her entire life in a children's home because there was no one else to look after her.

Imagine life for a child raised in care. No matter how good the staff are, nothing can replace living within a family, with all the happy times, the ups and downs, and the knowledge that you 'belong'. Emma is just one of the many children who are "less than perfect" and left behind when being considered for adoption; children who face years of moving within the care system, where each short-term placement is more disruptive than the last. These children are desperate and long to find their own special families to love and care for them.

Every little helps

We welcome all donations, no matter how small or large, every penny counts.

How to give

The quickest and easiest way to give a one-off donation to Parents for Children is to use the DONATE button at the top of this page. For information about other ways to give please click here.

There are many other ways you can help Parents for Children and support the work we do: taking part in events, like the London Triathlon; organising your own fundraising event; or volunteering to help us. If you pay tax in the UK, gift aid is a simple way to increase the value of your donation to us.

Your donation can make a real difference to children's lives.

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