Our children

The numbers of children in long-term residential care throughout the UK are growing. Here is a picture of a mother and three boys sitting on a bench.Whilst residential care offers a safe, secure environment for children for whom staying with their birth parents is not possible, the best option for every child is a stable family environment.

Although it’s never easy to find the right family for a child, there are some groups of especially vulnerable children with special needs who have fewer chances of finding a permanent home. It is these children that Parents for Children specialises in helping.


Here 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.

The children we find families for are:

  • Children with physical disabilities
  • Children with learning difficulties
  • Children who have suffered abuse or neglect
  • Children with complex health needs
  • Children affected by their parents’ use of drugs and alcohol
  • Older children
  • Sibling groups

Our children have extra special needs, but giving them a loving home offers many rewards. If you think you can offer a home to one of our children, there’s lots of helpful information on this site. You can read about some of the children who urgently need families.

If you’d like to talk to us about adopting or providing a foster home for a child with special needs, we would love to hear from you. You can request information online, email us at [email protected] or call 020 7520 2880 and ask for advice about adoption or foster care.

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