Adoption is a way of providing a permanent home to children who cannot be brought up by their biological parents. The average age of children adopted in the UK today is 3-4 years, but many are older children, sibling groups or children with special needs. These children have all experienced some form of loss by being taken into care. Many may have experienced neglect or abuse. These early experiences can provide challenges to adoptive parents, but providing a loving, caring and stable home to an adopted child or children can be immensely rewarding.