Mother’s Day holds no joy for children awaiting adoption

Grace Butterfield with Barnardo's teddy mascot
Grace Butterfield with Barnardo's teddy mascot
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CHILDREN in need of a loving home are making a special Mother’s Day plea to families in Wearside.

More than 3,000 children were placed with families for adoption across England last year, but 64,000 were in council care.

Children’s charity Barnardo’s said many of those children are still in desperate need of an adoptive or foster home.

Julie McVeigh, asssistant director for Barnardo’s in the North East, said: “There are thousands of children out there who are looking for a mum and are desperate to become part of a loving family.

“The time around Mother’s Day, when we’re all thinking about the importance of family, is the perfect time to take that first step.

“To all the people on Wearside who may have thought about adoption, we encourage them to get in touch with us.”

Barnardo’s has enlisted the help of Grace Butterfield, aged three, from Houghton, to help promote its campaigning and she is pictured with the charity’s teddies, each one representing a North East child in need of a loving home.

For 100 years, Barnardo’s has been placing children with adoptive families. Adoptive parents can come from a variety of backgrounds.

“They can be single, married or in a stable relationship,” Ms McVeigh added.

“Barnardo’s will be happy to talk to anyone who feels they can offer a child a stable, caring and safe home.”

The charity is particularly looking for people who can care for sibling groups, black and minority ethnic children, disabled children and those with challenging behaviour.

For more information or for an informal chat, call the Barnardo’s Adoption and Fostering North East service on 492 9000 or visit