72% of the children in the East Midlands waiting for adoptive families are brothers and sisters in groups of two or more according to new information published today to mark National Adoption Week (16th-22nd October). Figures from national adoption information service, First4Adoption, based on the latest government information, show that sibling groups wait longer than single children to be placed with a family.

Councillor Sara Bolton Member for Children and Young People and Safeguarding says

“The majority of people adopting for the first time choose to take a single child into their family. Also, it is often in the best interests of the children that a sibling group finds a family together rather than experience further trauma by being separated. This presents an extra challenge for social workers and these factors account for the high proportion of siblings in our region waiting for an adoptive family”.

The new research, by Adoption Match and based on data from the Adoption Register for England also reveals that:
• 75% of sibling groups awaiting adoption in the East Midlands are children aged 4+
• 61% of these groups awaiting adoption are made up of boys
• 11% of the siblings groups awaiting adoption are Black and Minority Ethnic children

Sara Bolton adds,

“We’re 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. If you’re interested in finding out more, please contact Derby City Council today.