Parents for children.Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1981; 282 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.282.6282.2112 (Published 27 June 1981) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1981;282:2112
- A M Jepson
Parents for Children is a specialist adoption agency set up to find homes for children with special needs--that is, those with physical, mental, and emotional handicaps; older children; and sibling groups. Of the first 38 children placed, one child died and six placements broke down, although four children were later re-placed. Almost all the children referred to the agency had been in care for most of their lives. A full assessment of each child is necessary before placement, but in several cases the medical assessment in care had been inadequate. Many of the prospective parents themselves had serious medical conditions. The agency has proved that homes can be found for children in need, but there have been problems and parents require advice and support in the management of the children after placement.