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Adopters needed to help keep siblings together - information event being held this Wednesday

16 October 2017

Are you interested in adopting siblings?

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That's the question being asked of prospective adopters in Stockton-on-Tees as part of National Adoption Week, which starts today.

And an information session is being held from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at Stockton Central Library on Wednesday (October 18) for anyone interested in finding out more.

Almost seven out of ten children waiting for adoptive families in the North East are brothers and sisters in groups of two or more.

But sibling groups face a longer wait than single children to be placed with a 'forever family'.

Councillor Ann McCoy, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: "It's often best to keep brothers and sisters together, especially as being separated can be very traumatic.

"The majority of people adopting for the first time choose to take a single child into their family but we're asking people considering adoption to think about whether they could parent siblings.

"Having more than one child comes with real challenges but it also has advantages and brings great rewards. Wednesday's session is a chance to ask questions about becoming an adoptive parent and take the first step to transforming a child's life."

If you want to attend the session, call the Child Placement Team on 01642 526218.