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More adopters needed for brothers and sisters

13 October 2017

Nearly 50% of children currently waiting to be adopted in Lincolnshire are brothers and sisters who need to be kept together.

Young siblings play in the field

National Adoption Week, 16 – 22 October

To coincide with National Adoption Week, which runs from 16 to 22 October, Lincolnshire Adoption Service has organised two information events where local people can meet approved adopters who will talk about their experiences of adoption, including looking after siblings.

Both are events run from 7pm to 9pm on Tuesday 17 October at The Bentley Hotel in Lincoln and on Thursday 19 October at Belton Woods Hotel in Grantham.

In Lincolnshire, there is a particular need for adopters of:

  • brothers and sisters who need to be kept together
  • children aged three years and above
  • children with additional needs and disabilities

Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell, executive councillor for children’s services, said:

“Older children are often likely to have brothers and sisters, or have additional needs. Unfortunately, there is currently a shortage of adoptive parents coming forward for these children, and they often end up waiting the longest to find a home where they can feel safe and thrive.

“I would urge anyone who has even the slightest interest in adopting and who wants to find out more to come along to one of these events. You can’t get better feedback than from those who are actually providing loving homes to children and young people who really need it.”

For more information or to book your place, call 01522 554114 or log on at www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/adoptionevening

Anne Johnson, adoption team manager, added: “We’re asking anyone who may be considering adoption to think about whether they could parent a sibling group. At the moment we have two sibling groups aged three years and under who are waiting to be placed.”

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