Barnado's: Parents willing to adopt siblings needed

Barnardo's are calling on more parents willing to adopt two children to come forward. The proportion of children in sibling groups referred to the Adoption Register reached 50% while adopters willing to consider siblings dropped to 35% this year.

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Parents describe joy of adopting a brother and sister

Liz and John are looking forward to their first Christmas with their two adopted children. Credit: DaybreakITV

Two new parents have told Daybreak of their joy at adopting siblings and the bond they have built with the young children.

Liz and John were speaking as children's charity Barnardo's launches a campaign to persuade more people to adopt siblings, as 50% of the children on the Adoption Register are immediately related.

Mum Liz dismissed concerns two children would be overwhelming for new parents, because if there was no previous parenting experience to compare it to, "how would you know any different?"

Dad John beamed as he spoke of the thought of his first Christmas with his children:

"We have always really wanted to have two children. Unfortunately we cannot have children naturally. When we started out with the adoption process, we always said we wanted two children.

"That's what we aim for, and that is what we got."

Background to care and adoption in the UK

According to the Government, in the British care system in the year ending March 2013:

  • 3,980 looked-after children were adopted, an increase of 15% from the year 2011-12.
  • Adoption is now at its highest point since 1992.
  • Only 8% of children adopted were taken in by single parents.
  • 3,710 children were adopted by couples.


15% gap in siblings up for adoption and willing parents

More parents willing to adopt siblings are being urged to come forward by children's charity Barnado's, who fear some children are being overlooked because adults are only willing to take on one child.

More parents willing take on siblings are needed, say Barnado's. Credit: PA

The number of children in the care system has risen for the 7th year in a row to 90,000.This is compounded by the number of sibling groups on the Adoption Register - 50% - compared to the 35% of adults willing to consider them.

Barnardo's make this plea on the day the charity's patron the Queen and president,the Duchess of Cornwall will officially open Barnardo's new Barkingside headquarters.

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