An adoption agency has launched an urgent appeal to help sibling groups in Preston and the surrounding area find parents.
In the north west a staggering 64 per cent of children waiting for adoption are part of a sibling group. While the idea of taking on multiple children can initially seem overwhelming to potential adopters, keeping siblings together as much as possible is crucial, says Caritas Care, an independent adoption agency for more than 80 years.
Adoption practice manager, Patricia Hurst said: “Children who are part of a sibling group always wait longer for their adoptive family to be found, than single children would. If you feel you can consider giving a home and family to a sibling group please talk to us. There are many benefits for adopters in parenting sibling groups – staying together means that they have an unbroken bond which can increase their resilience as they face the future together; staying together means that they have a shared history and can support each other to understand their situation. Siblings staying together is twice the fun for adoptive parents!
“If a family cannot be found for brothers and sisters they may have to be split up – if you have a close bond with your siblings you can imagine how difficult this would be.”
Siblings placed together for adoption are often the only people in their world who can really understand each other and their shared story.
Patricia added: “The bond between siblings is incredibly important, and we’d encourage you to consider the joys and the privilege of welcoming them into your home.”
You can read Dear Adopter stories here from families who talk of their experiences of adopting siblings and the wonderful relationships that have developed along the way.
Caritas Care – which is rated ‘outstanding’ in all areas for its adoption service – supports all involved in adoption throughout the process and beyond. It is committed to being honest with adopters and prospective adopters at every stage, including discussing the challenges that adopters may sometimes experience.
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Caritas Care offers a number of routes to become an adoptive parent and is interested in talking to people who are interested in adopting. Adoption experts at Caritas Care are also continually looking for families for babies, single children, older children, children from differing ethnic backgrounds and children with additional needs.