The new regional adoption agency for Lancashire and Blackpool is making a special appeal for people to come forward so that two brothers and their sister can be adopted together.
Sibling groups are among the children who wait longest to be adopted, as there are not enough people coming forward who are able to give them a safe, permanent and loving family.
The agency is currently trying to find a forever family for two brothers, Thomas aged eight, Daniel aged two, and their sister, five-year-old Sarah (these are not their real names).
It is important that the children are kept together as they have a very close sibling bond and it would not be in their best interests to split them up in order to find them permanent homes.
Being able to keep the ties that they have already developed with each other will help them thrive in the future.
Diane Booth, chair of the Regional Adoption Agency Board, said: “It’s a sad fact that some children are simply unable to remain with their birth family, for many different reasons.
“This is the case with these two lovely brothers and their sister. They are a joy to be around, and have loads of interests and activities that they enjoy taking part in.
“We realise that adopting more than one child might not be for everyone, but it has its advantages as you get a ready-made family.
“Also, if you are planning to adopt more than one child, adopting siblings means that you only have to go through the process once. You will also have the joy of seeing them grow up together.
“We are doing all we can to keep these children together. In this case, as in others when children cannot be brought up by their own parents, the sibling relationships take on extra importance.
“Being able to remain together will be an important source of comfort, strength and support.
“The bottom line is that they love each other and have always been together. It would be devastating for these children to split them up.
“I’d like to reassure anyone thinking about this that we know it can work, because we already have some very happy families here in Lancashire and Blackpool which were created when people adopted siblings.”
A case story giving more detail about the brothers and their sister is available at: www.adoptionlancashireblackpool.org.uk/our-children-and-adopters
Among the Lancashire children who are currently ready to be adopted, there are two two-sibling groups and three three-sibling groups.
Consideration is given to anyone who wishes to adopt, regardless of their age, marital status, sexuality or gender. There are no strict rules about whether people should have jobs, their own homes or have their own children.
Adoption Lancashire & Blackpool is keen to hear from a broad range of prospective adopters, including single people and couples, same-sex and heterosexual, from all religious backgrounds or none.
It is also happy to consider people who have already adopted, already have a family, or are looking into adoption because they are unable to have children of their own.
The only legal requirements are that adopters must be over 21 and live within Lancashire and Blackpool or nearby.
Anyone interested in finding out more about Thomas, Sarah and Daniel should contact the adoption team on 0300 123 6723.
If you want to find out more about adoption, contact the county council by calling the friendly adoption team on 0300 123 6723, visit the website at www.adoptionlancashireblackpool.org.uk and fill in the enquiry form or attend an online information event. More details are available on the website.
More information about adoption is available at www.adoptionlancashireblackpool.org.uk