Families in Essex are being encouraged to consider adopting brothers and sisters this National Adoption Week.
Essex County Council helps find families for dozens of children every year, with a large number of them siblings who the council want to keep together.
Of the 41 children in Essex currently awaiting adoption, 23 are part of sibling groups of two or three children.
Unfortunately these children often have to wait much longer until a loving home can be found for them.
Among them are brothers Justin, Jacob and James, who love spending time together and playing outdoors.
Justin, eight, enjoys riding his bike and camping in the back garden. Jacob, five, is very cheeky and loves going on walks with his foster carers’ dogs. Youngest brother James, one, likes anything musical and splashing around at bath time.
Sisters Evie and Sophie are also waiting for their forever home and need an adoptive family who will give them the opportunities they need to thrive and reach their potential.
Evie, five, likes dressing up and doing arts and crafts. She is sociable and loves going to school, where she has made lots of friends and is doing very well. Sophie, three, is active and enjoys exploring the outdoors. She also likes nursery rhymes, soft toys and playing with bubbles.
National Adoption Week, which takes place from 16 October to 22 October, is an ideal time to consider whether you could give children like these the love and care they need.
Cllr Dick Madden, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, said: “We are committed to ensuring all children in Essex get the best start in life and our adopters play a key part in that.
“Many of the children in Essex who need adopting are part of sibling groups and wherever possible we look to keep them together.
“Unfortunately brothers and sisters can often face a much longer wait to find a loving home and we are desperately in need of families who can help change that.
“Siblings have a special bond and our adopters regularly tell us they feel it made the transition into their family easier.
“I would encourage anyone who is considering adoption to get in touch with us this National Adoption Week and find out more.”
Essex County Council also needs adopters for children aged between four and eight years old, and children with special educational needs or disabilities.
Being an adopter in Essex means you become part of a large, supportive adoption community. Adopters receive extensive local support, not only during the adoption process but throughout the young person’s childhood. Finances don’t have to be a barrier either and support can be made available.
Adopters come from various backgrounds and there are very few barriers, but you must be capable of parenting a child into adulthood.
The council is hosting special sibling-themed adoption information events at County Hall in Chelmsford on 24 October and 7 November.