10 Years of Adoption Activity Days

10 Years of Adoption Activity Days

More than 1,400 children have found adoptive families through Coram’s Adoption Activity Days since they began in 2011.

These figures, published in a new report, “Transforming the Lives of Children Who Wait : Ten Years of Adoption Activity Days” equate to a match for 1 in every 4 children attending an activity day – a higher number of matches between children and families than any other adoption agency has achieved over the same period.

The report also features a number of key findings about the effectiveness of adoption activity days including data showing that:

  • 40% of approved adopters attending the events said it helped to broaden their perspective and change their view of the type of child or number of children they’d like to adopt.
  • 50% of approved adopters attending said it positively impacted their adoption journey – even if they were not matched with a child as a result.
  • A third of children attending the events had additional complex needs, a third were from black or minority ethnic backgrounds, a quarter were part of a sibling group and three-quarters were boys.
  • Before the pandemic when activity days were running twice a month, 41% of children awaiting adoption had been waiting at least 18 months. In March 2021 – when pandemic restrictions had limited the frequency and scale of events over the past year – it had risen to above 50%.

Read the full report here