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National Adoption week

New figures show more than half of the children awaiting adoption in the South East are in sibling groups. 59% of the children in the South East waiting for adoptive families are brothers and sisters in groups of 2 or more according to new information published today to mark National Adoption Week (16-22nd October). Figures from national adoption information service, First4Adoption, based on the latest government information*, show that sibling groups wait longer than single children to be placed with a “forever family”. Chris Burton from First 4 Adoption says “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”. 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 South East are children aged over 4.
  • 57% of these groups awaiting adoption are made up of boys.
  • 18% of the sibling's groups awaiting adoption are Black and Minority Ethnic children.
Chris Burton from First 4 Adoption adds, “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 Chris Burton from First 4 Adoption adds, “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 First 4 Adoption today. *Based on information from Adoption Match which operates the Adoption Register for England on behalf of the Department for Education www.adoptionmatch.org.uk Adoption Match is the national service working to match those children waiting to find permanent homes with those approved adopters waiting to be matched with children. Adoption Match manages the national statutory database of children and adopters, the Adoption Register for England, on behalf of the Department for Education. First4Adoption is the national information service for adoption in England. Call 0300 222 0022, visit www.first4adoption.org.uk Follow us on Twitter and Facebook