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."
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.
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.
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.
An Italian woman whose daughter will be adopted in the UK after a court ordered caesarian saw her give birth in this country has spoken about how she is, "suffering like an animal."
The woman told Italian newspaper La Repubblica:
I want my daughter back, I’m suffering like an animal. They forced me to have a caesarean without telling me anything. The day of the birth, I thought they were just moving me from one room to another, while I was saying I wanted to go back to Italy. I was sedated. When I woke up she wasn’t there any more. They’d taken her from me.
It was a caesarean birth which was forced upon me, I wasn’t even told.
I did not give my consent, verbal or written, to the adoption of my child. The natural father, who is from Senegal, and one of my American relatives were prepared to take the little one into their care. But the English social services ignored them. Why? Why did nobody help me?
The Italian lawyer of a woman whose baby was delivered by a court ordered caesarean section has said that the English rulings over the child's future are "contradictory" and "inexplicable."
Speaking about a judgment which agreed to have the baby girl adopted in the UK Stefano Oliva told ITV News: "I've been able to read the judge's decision and it's completely contradictory in its motivations.
It says the mother was well in her health, that she strongly desired to live with her baby, that she really wanted to go back to Italy… it's positive about her family, the relationship between mother and daughter - but inexplicably it concludes with the adoption order."
A judgement that ruled a child delivered by caesarean following a court order should remain in care, has been made public.
Judge Newton, sitting at Chelmsford County Court, said in the ruling he hoped the mother - who was mentally-ill at the time of her daughter's birth - would meet with the people who are to adopt her child.
I very much hope that the mother on whom I concentrate will be able to have an opportunity of meeting the adopters. It is important for P to know that her birth family, as I know they do, will continue to take a continuing interest in her. It will not be straightforward. It will not be easy. The mother, I know, is to return to Italy shortly but if it is possible and a meeting is offered I very much hope that the mother would be able to play her part in that.
Court papers have revealed a baby removed from her mentally-ill mother after a court-ordered caesarean cannot be cared for by her father as he is an 'over-stayer' in Italy.
The ruling made by Judge Newton, sitting at Chelmsford County Court, explained the father of the child, known as P, was a Senegalese national who went to Italy on a student visa but over-stayed.
He certainly has no status in Italy and he is unable, as I understand it, as a result of his status, either to leave Italy at all, and is certainly not able to come to the United Kingdom.
Judge Newton, sitting at Chelmsford County Court, concluded that the child, known as P, would be placed with an adoptive family.
The child was removed from her mother - who is an Italian national and was suffering metal health issues at the time of the birth - by Essex County Council 15 months ago because she was "too unwell to care for her child".
Judge Newton said: "If in later life P reads this judgment, as she may well do, I hope that she will appreciate that her mother in particular loved her and wished for her to return to live with her and to bring her up.
"It is not her fault, nor P's that that was not possible and that a predictable home could only be secured by way of adoption. P should know that the mother very much wished to parent her and bring her up and I hope that that is some small comfort both to the mother and also to P."
Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming has taken up the case of a mentally-ill mother whose unborn child was delivered by caesarean section by order of a court.
The girl, who is now 15 months old, is being put up for adoption despite opposition from the mother, who is an Italian national.
Mr Hemming told ITV News he had spoken to her and "she would like to send a message of thanks to all the British people who have offered their messages of support".
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