New research conducted by SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity has highlighted some of the general publics’ misconceptions surrounding military adoption. SSAFA wants to debunk the myths and encourage Armed Forces personnel to consider adoption…

The research found that just over 3 in 10 Brits would describe military parents as regimented or strict and just 24% would describe a military parent as loving. Even more shockingly, 20% of 16-24-year olds think all military parents suffer from PTSD. This is just one of the stereotypes that SSAFA dispel every day, knowing the positive outcomes for children placed for adoption with military families.

It is perhaps not surprising that research participants recognise that the adoption process may be harder for someone in the Forces, just under 2 in 5 Brits say that working in the military would make being considered for adoption more difficult.

SSAFA has been a registered independent adoption agency since 2000 and was developed to counteract the difficulties faced by some serving personnel looking to adopt. While many members of the Armed Forces can adopt via their Local Authority, some adoption agencies do not accept applications from serving personnel due to misconceptions about the military lifestyle.

Whilst being in the military can make adoption harder, Brits believe other things can make adoption tougher too. The survey showed the factors that are considered to make qualifying for adoption hard include:

  • earning less than £30K (33%)
  • being a single parent (48%)
  • being over the age of 40 (41%)
  • being in a transgender couple (36%)

SSAFA works with a wide variety of people, providing homes for children with a range of needs. It recognises that there is no typical adoptive parent and welcomes enquires from anyone who feels they would like more information about adoption.

Jill Farrelly, Head of Adoption Service at SSAFA, says: “The misconceptions surrounding military parents and who would be eligible for adoption may be stopping potential adopters coming forward. I would urge anyone considering adoption to contact SSAFA and give one of thousands of children waiting for a forever home a chance of family life.

“People who have served, or are serving, within the Armed Forces tend to be resilient, tenacious and resourceful with a can-do attitude and a sense of humour, which are particularly useful attributes when it comes to parenting vulnerable children who have had a difficult start in life.”

If you or someone you know is currently serving and would like to adopt, encourage them to get in touch with SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity. To find out more, click here.

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