64% of the children in the North West who are waiting for adoptive families are brothers and sisters in groups of 2 or more according to new information published to mark National Adoption Week (October 16-22).
Based on the latest Government information, and figures from national adoption information service, First4Adoption, it shows that sibling groups wait longer than single children to be placed with a ‘forever family’.
Cllr John Jospeh Kelly, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding, said: “As in previous years, the need to find families for some of our most vulnerable children remains at the heart of this year’s campaign.
“We’re asking anyone who may be considering adoption to think about whether they could parent siblings?
“There’s no denying that having more than one child comes with real challenges but it also has advantages and brings great rewards. If you’re interested in finding out more, please contact Sefton Adoption Service today.”
The new research, by Adoption Match and based on data from the Adoption Register for England also reveals that:
- 52% of sibling groups awaiting adoption in the North West are children aged over 4
- 59% of these groups awaiting adoption are made up of boys
- 11% of the siblings groups awaiting adoption are Black and Minority Ethnic children
Elaine Jamieson from Sefton Council’s Adoption Service, added: “The majority of people adopting for the first time choose to take a single child into their family.
“Also, it is often in the best interests of the children that a sibling group finds a family together rather than experience further trauma by being separated.
“This presents an extra challenge for social workers and these factors account for the high proportion of siblings in our region waiting for an adoptive family.”
Sefton adopters, Chris and Julie, said: “Adoption has meant we’ve got the family we’ve always wanted, perhaps slightly less conventionally then some people do it but we’re proud to have a part in shaping their world.
“When our girls were placed with us it was exciting and bewildering but you just take a leap of faith! The moment they called us mum and dad meant everything to us.”
The regional adoption agency, Adopting In Merseyside (AIM), covering Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley and Wirral are holding an information evening on October 18. For more information on adoption or to register for the event, contact Sefton Adoption Service on Freephone 0800 923 2777 or visit seftonadoption.co.uk