Sibling groups often wait longer to be placed with adoptive parents and to help raise awareness of the need for more families looking to adopt sibling groups, ACE Adoption Central England (ACE), the regional adoption agency for Coventry, Solihull, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire, is supporting a national #YouCanAdopt – brothers and sisters campaign.
Approximately 44% of all children waiting to be adopted in England are part of a family group 1 and sibling 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 and an increase in families looking to adopt sibling groups will help towards reducing this wait time.
Children benefit greatly from being placed together. Siblings have a shared history and their relationships with each other are very important and meaningful – it can be a further loss for a child if they have to live separately from a close and much-loved brother or sister.
ACE understands that prospective adoptive parents might have reservations about adopting sibling groups. The challenge might just seem too great and there are financial considerations along with big changes to family life. However, there are many emotional benefits to adopting siblings with 61% of adopters acknowledging that adopting children with their brothers and sisters has been the most beneficial factor in their child’s adoption journey 2 .
The ACE team provide prospective adopters with information about the adoption process and the support packages available for adopters of siblings. Moving throughout the process, prospective families will be able to talk to current adoptive families of siblings to find out more. You can also read about adopter’s experiences on Adoption Central England’s website: https://www.aceadoption.com/jake-and-ben.
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. This has recently been further enhanced through ACE's DDP (Dyadic Development Psychotherapy practice) certification. This practice is an approach to preparing and working with adoptive families that is underpinned by an understanding of childhood trauma. This in turn helps adoptive parents to parent their adopted children in such a way that recognises this trauma but also allows for secure and loving attachments can be formed.
If you would like to know more adoption please go to the ACE website firstname.lastname@example.org or contact ACE on 0300 369 0556.