Across Hampshire, there are sibling groups of two or more brothers and sisters who are in need of a new family to give them a forever home. Wherever possible, these siblings are kept together for adoption. The strong bonds between siblings can help them settle into their new family and support their emotional well being as they adjust to their new family.
Executive Lead Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Keith Mans, said: "National Adoption Week highlights the continual need for adopters and celebrates the success of adoptive families throughout the country. In Hampshire we are especially proud of those adopters who make that extra commitment to become parents to sibling groups.
"All children deserve to be brought up in a loving and safe home, and when that stability breaks down with their birth parents, it is vital that we find people to love and care for them for the rest of their lives. Maintaining the strong sibling bond provides children with a source of mutual support, friendship and affection. It gives them a sense of identity and belonging, crucial whilst growing up and into adulthood.
"This week we want to show others just how fulfilling it can be to become a family by adopting siblings who are in need of love and care."
This is a sentiment echoed by Sarah, who adopted sisters in 2017. She said: "It would have destroyed the girls had they been separated as they have such a strong bond. We know it was the right decision to adopt them together. They look out for each other and play nicely together - most of the time! Of course, there is sometimes sibling squabbling but no more than when we were children."
Jon, who recently adopted two young children, added: "If you’re going to adopt – adopt siblings! Two kids are not double the work. In many ways, it’s easier than one. They help one another and can help you."
Adopters must be at least 21 years old, have a spare room and some child care experience. Hampshire County Council is looking for adopters who can care for all ages of children, but especially for sibling groups and children with disabilities. Potential adopters have access to Hampshire’s excellent in-house adoption support team and additional support packages may also be available.
The Hampshire adoption enquiry and advice line number is 0300 555 1384
Further information is available at: www.hants.gov.uk/adoptionandfostering