Stone families interested in adopting siblings are being encouraged to come forward in a new campaign by Staffordshire County Council’s Adoption Service.
Almost seven out of ten children waiting for adoptive families in the West Midlands are brothers and sisters in groups of 2 or more. This means that the need to find parents for siblings is greater than ever before.
“If you have recently been thinking about creating, extending or even completing a family then maybe adoption is for you.“In our latest campaign and roadshows we are particularly looking for adoptive families who would be willing to adopt sibling groups. We know that in most cases keeping brothers and sisters together is in their best interests rather than the experience of further stress caused by being separated from each other. While this is the thrust of the campaign, we are also looking for potential families for children of all ages, those with additional needs and children with ethnic minority backgrounds.I would definitely encourage people considering adoption to get along to one of our campaign roadshows and information events where you can find out more.”
“Although we went from no children to two lively, wonderful little boys, I would definitely recommend adopting siblings. Of course we all had to adjust. They were coming to somewhere new and we all needed to get used to one another, but I can honestly say it has been incredibly worthwhile. Staying together has also helped their transition immensely.“My advice to anyone thinking about adoption would be to just make the call – it doesn’t actually commit you to anything but knowing what is involved and having the opportunity to talk to others helps make it more real in your own mind and could be the best thing that you ever do.”