New campaign encourages people to adopt brothers & sisters

23 April 2021

A new nationwide campaign #YouCanAdopt had launched to encourage people considering adoption to think about adopting brothers and sisters together.

Latest figures* show there are currently 2,030 children waiting to be adopted in England, of those – approximately 44% are in family groups of two or more.1 Groups of children wait an average of 17 months to be adopted, which is 36% longer (135 days more) than individual children.

More than half of these groups (56%) wait more than 18 months for their new family.

The campaign includes a new film featuring three families across England who have adopted brothers and sisters. The film celebrates the unique personal bond their children have and highlights the benefits of adopting siblings.

New research released as part of the campaign explores adopting brothers and sisters and the benefits of keeping family groups together. It shows, a key motivation of those wanting to adopt is to extend, or to start, a ‘family ‘(58%) and 62% of parents that adopted just one child, now believe they potentially could have adopted brothers and sisters**.

While there are challenges, 88% of parents that adopted brothers and sisters say the positives outweigh any challenges. Furthermore, 61% acknowledge that adopting children with their brothers and sisters has been the most beneficial factor in their child’s adoption journey.

Find out more about whether adoption could be right for you here. Visit the #YouCanAdopt website here.

*Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board. Q2 2020

**Survey Monkey of 198 adoptive parents and 21 considering adoption between 22nd March and 6th April 2021

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