Finding Adopters for Sibling Groups
With 61% of children awaiting placement and needing to be placed with their siblings (often just one other brother or sister), finding adopters for this group is key to closing the gap.
In October 2013 a guidance note was published to stimulate discussion amongst children’s teams and adoption teams, support those involved in marketing and PR, provide a brief checklist and support best practice.
The Children and Families Act 2014 has now been passed and amendments to regulations and statutory guidance which relate to placement of siblings are being consulted on and will come into force in summer 2014.
The Forum has therefore created Guidance Note 1 – Finding Adopters for Sibling Groups and a presentation to assist agencies in holding discussions and training sessions with their teams so that we can all work together to better meet the needs of siblings awaiting adoption.