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National Adoption Week

Over half of children awaiting adoption in the East of England are in sibling groups

 

Adoption Week takes place from 16th – 22nd October. This year’s campaign focuses on the need for more adoptive parents for sibling groups as new figures reveal that over half of the children awaiting adoption in the East of England are in sibling groups.

 

Figures from national adoption information service, First4Adoption, based on the latest government information, shows that sibling groups wait longer than single children to be placed with a “forever family”.  55% of the children in the East of England waiting for adoptive families are brothers and sisters in groups of 2 or more according to new information published today.

 

Cllr Shan Hunt, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Social Care, at Bedford Borough Council said: “We would like to talk to people who are interested in adoption, so that we can take them through the process of adoption step-by-step. We are also asking anyone who may be considering adoption to think about whether they could parent siblings. There’s no denying that having more than one child comes with real challenges, but it also has advantages and brings great rewards.”

 

Following on from Adoption Week, there will be an information evening at Borough Hall, on Wednesday 15 November, from 6.15pm – 8.30pm.

 

For more details on National Adoption Week, visit http://www.first4adoption.org.uk/nationaladoptionweek/

 

Please phone 01234 718718 to book an appointment to attend the information evening on the 15th November.

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