Adoption in the Black Country and Adoption Focus is calling for more people from Wolverhampton to come forward and find out the facts about adoption - and particularly the real need for adopters for sibling groups.

The regional adoption consortium is holding an information event at the Mount Hotel, Mount Road, Tettenhall, next week.

Nearly half of all children for whom families are being sought are part of a sibling group according to research carried out by the British Association for Adoption and Fostering.

Sadly there is a shortage of adopters coming forward to adopt siblings. According to the Adoption Register for England, out of a total number of the 663 children on the register, 366 are part of sibling groups.

Children who need to be adopted have usually had a hard start in life and so it is even more important for them to experience the stability and support that being with their brothers and sisters can bring.  Sibling groups are amongst 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.

Councillor Val Gibson, Wolverhampton City Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: "Being placed with their siblings may not be right for every child, but we really need people who are considering adoption to think about adopting brothers and sisters to help rectify this shortage, which sadly is also a national problem.

"I would therefore urge anyone who is thinking about adopting to consider where they could become a parent to a sibling group."

To find out more about adopting one child or more come along the information event at the Mount Hotel on Wednesday 11 March from 6pm, or call 0800 073 0597 or visit Type=links;Linkid=3189;Title=Adoption in the Black Country;Target=_blank;.

  • released: Tuesday 3 March, 2015