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Together for Adoption is urging more people to come forward who are willing to adopt siblings this National Adoption Week.
In a bid to keep brothers and sisters together, Together for Adoption is looking to recruit new adopters who will take siblings, to ensure children are placed with loving families as soon as possible.
Since its launch, three years ago, Together for Adoption has approved 125 new adoptions and brings together the services of five local authority areas including Warrington, St Helens, Halton, Cheshire West and Chester and Wigan.
Sarah and Tom* from Warrington adopted two sisters two years ago. Sarah* said: “Adoption is the most rewarding event you will ever experience in your life and adopting siblings gives you a complete family in one go. If your social worker believes you can cope with siblings, then give it serious consideration. Yes, you will have doubts, but you would have doubts about adopting one anyway! Having these feelings is completely natural, don’t be afraid, go for it.
“The magical moments they have both given us and their grandparents will never be forgotten. In many ways we think it is easier to have siblings as the girls have definitely kept each other occupied for periods of time. At the end of the day it’s all about a routine. Put a good routine in place and you will get the amazing rewards.”
Cllr Matt Smith, cabinet member for children’s services said: “Together for Adoption welcomes adopters of all kinds, and we’re here to support people to make their families complete. However, we have duty of care for our children and keeping brothers and sisters together is a key priority.
“It helps them feel settled, reassured and secure when placed in their new homes and also means we can match adopters much more quickly. If we don’t have adopters that are able to take siblings, we need to look outside of the Together for Adoption area, which can create a delay for our children and mean they are placed with a family in a new area.”
For more information about adoption togetherforadoption.co.uk