Torbay Adoption Service


Change a child's life

Parents of children with learning, physical disabilities or complex histories need to have patience and realistic expectations, be flexible and creative and be good advocates. Ideally prospective adopters of children with disabilities or complex emotional needs would have had some experience of caring for children or young adults with these difficulties.

Some children have birth parents with:

  • learning difficulties,
  • physical disability or
  • mental health problems.

We do not always know how these issues will affect the children as they grow older. Adoptive parents of these children need to accept that their children may develop similar problems to their birth parents. They may not. Likewise, children whose parents have abused drugs and alcohol may have been affected in the womb by their parent’s lifestyle.

They all need adoptive parents who will accept uncertainty about their future and make sure they get the help they need throughout their childhood.

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