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18 October 2017

Figures show more than half of the children awaiting adoption in Cumbria are in sibling groups

  • There are currently 50 children waiting to be adopted in Cumbria, and more than half of them are waiting with their brother or sister.
  • Siblings often wait the longest for a loving forever family.
  • This National Adoption Week, Cumbria County Council is asking prospective adopters to make time to find out more now.

Annie, Joshua, brothers Mark and Billy and sisters Lacey and Rose, are just some of the children aged between 2 and 6 that the council is currently family-finding for, and they will all feature in a new county-wide campaign launching this week. Profiles of these children will be shared on the council’s Fostering and Adoption Facebook page throughout the week.

Cllr Anne Burns, Cumbria County Council Cabinet Member for Children's Services, said:

“The majority of people adopting for the first time choose to take a single child into their family, but this National Adoption Week we’d like to encourage people to consider adopting siblings and to speak to us to find out more.

“It is often in the best interests of the children that brothers and sisters find a family together rather than experience further trauma by being separated.

“This presents an extra challenge for our social workers and these factors can account for the high proportion of siblings in Cumbria waiting for an adoptive family.”

Ruth McHugh, Adoption Service Manager, said:

“We’re asking those who may be considering adopting to think about whether they could be parents for siblings.

“While bringing more than one child into your family comes with real challenges, it also brings great rewards.

“If you’ve got room in your home, and your heart, and time for more than one child, it’s definitely worth considering adopting a sibling group. Please contact us today or come to one of our information events.”

Prospective adopters in Cumbria are invited to find out more at information evenings in Carlisle, Kendal or Workington:

  • Carlisle - Thursday 19 October 2017 - Crown & Mitre Hotel - starts 6pm with presentation from 6.15pm
  • Kendal - Monday 6 November 2017 - Castle Green Hotel - starts 6pm with presentation from 6.15pm
  • Workington - Thursday 9 November 2017 - The Melbreak Hotel - starts 6pm with presentation from 6.15pm

More information about the children waiting, the process and the support available can also be found at www.cumbria.gov.uk/adoption and on Facebook - search Fostering and Adoption with Cumbria County Council.

National Adoption Week runs from 16th- 22nd October 2017  http://www.first4adoption.org.uk/nationaladoptionweek/

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There are currently 50 children waiting to be adopted in Cumbria, and more than half of them are waiting with their brother or sister.