THE search for people to adopt brothers and sisters is being highlighted by Wirral Council during National Adoption Week (Oct 16-22).
New information published this week to mark the week shows that 64 per cent of children waiting for adoptive families in the North West are brothers and sisters in groups of two or more.
The statistics, issued by national adoption information service, First4Adoption, show that sibling groups wait longer than single children to be placed with a ‘forever family.’
Wirral’s Cabinet Member for Children and Families, Cllr Bernie Mooney, said: ‘In Wirral and nationally, finding parents for sibling groups of children is more difficult and they stay in care longer than a single child would.
'In Wirral, there are currently 35 children waiting for adoption. This includes 10 sets of siblings. Our priority is keeping brothers and sisters together rather than have them experience further trauma by being separated. These factors account for the high proportion of siblings in our region waiting for an adoptive family.’
Research by Adoption Match, based on data from the Adoption Register for England, reveals that:
- 52 per cent of sibling groups awaiting adoption in the North West are children aged over 4
- 59 per cent of these groups awaiting adoption are made up of boys
- 11 per cent of the siblings groups awaiting adoption are Black and Minority Ethnic children
Cllr Mooney added: ‘We’re asking anyone who may be considering adoption to think about whether they could adopt siblings. People often think that it is more challenging to adopt two or three children but often brothers and sisters have a special bond with each other, they look out for each other and keep each other entertained. It can also mean that adopters have a ready-made family and do not have to go through the adoption process again to adopt a second child.’