ADOPTION Central England (ACE), the regional adoption agency for Coventry, Solihull, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, and Herefordshire, is supporting a national recruitment campaign looking for more potential adoptive families for siblings.
Approximately 44 per cent of all children waiting to be adopted in England are part of a family group.
Siblings often wait longer to be placed with adoptive parents with groups of three or more children wanting to be placed together facing the longest wait.
It is a national priority to reduce this waiting time.
ACE says children benefit greatly from being placed together that siblings have a shared history and their relationships with each other are very important and meaningful and it can be a further loss for a child if they have to live separately from a close and much-loved brother or sister.
It adds that while prospective adoptive parents might have reservations about adopting sibling groups there are many emotional benefits.
Tina Russell, Interim chief executive of Worcestershire Children First, said: “Adoption Central England (ACE) provides continual support to adoptive families as they adjust their lives to offer a child, or children, lifelong homes.
“Giving a loving and supportive home to the most vulnerable children is one of the most challenging as well as the most rewarding ways you can make a difference in a child’s life. I urge anyone interested in adopting to get in touch.”
ACE ask all prospective adopters to consider adopting a sibling group.
All families who adopt through ACE receive lifetime support, ensuring that they can access therapeutic services, have opportunities for ongoing training along with meeting other adoptive families for peer-to-peer support.
ACE is interested in hearing from people looking to adopt sibling groups of three or more children. To find out more about adoption visit aceadoption.com, call 0300 369 0556 or follow ACE on Facebook @aceadoption.
To find out more about the national sibling’s campaign, visit www.youcanadopt.co.uk.