We are always looking for people to consider adopting siblings, but regardless of whether you take siblings or not, you will probably still need to consider siblings bonds at some level.
Very few children who are adopted are only children; they may go to live with an adopted sibling, they may have full biological siblings living elsewhere, they may have half siblings living elsewhere, they may have siblings in the future.
Nearly every adoptive parent will need to consider their child's siblings and what contact will look like for those children and how this bond affects their child.
We are here to help with this and want to offer support, should you need it....
It's not in the best interests of the children we are family finding for, to misrepresent and sugar coat what adoption is. Yes, it's amazing and can be incredibly rewarding, but it can also he tough and difficult and painful.
And that's why we are here, to offer support every step of the journey.
Read more about the support we offer ; http://ow.ly/Vk8Z50CNXtU...
What does your family look like? In our quest to find families for the siblings we currently have waiting we've been discussing this at length here at Adopting West -
When you think about your future family, what does it look like? Is there more than one child?
Very often we talk to adopters who every intention of having at least two children, but they opt to do this by adopting one child and then later down the line apply to adopt again - which is fantastic.
However, we have brothers and sisters that need to stay together now. If you are interested in adopting siblings, please do get in touch.
Last week I did a quick tally of the children we are currently actively searching for families for, there are;
8 sibling groups of two
3 sibling groups of three
2 little girls under the age of three years
4 little boys over the age of five years
3 children with significant and complex needs
These children are currently in foster care waiting for their permanent families to be found.
We are encouraging all applicants to consider whether they have the capacity to care for siblings, as you can see from the numbers our children are predominantly looking for a home with a brother or sister (or two). We are here to support you through the process and beyond.
In the world of adoption we often talk about a cohort of children that take longer to find their forever home, within this group are the so called 'older children'. However, this is a bit of a misnomer, by older we generally mean over the age of four years - which when you give it some thought isn't really that old at all! Still very much a child, still very much in need of a permanent, stable and loving home.
Head over to our adopter stories to hear from an adopter who recently welcomed their eight year old daughter home. Our sincere thanks to the adopter for sharing....