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Keeping it in the family

Slough Children’s Services Trust does everything they possibly can to keep siblings together when they are placed for adoption.

Anyone who has grown up with brothers or sisters will appreciate the special bond. Although you will no doubt remember the disagreements you had and the heated discussions on anything from whose turn it was to hold the remote control to who was sitting in the chair first! Shouts of “he/she started it” were probably a familiar cry in many households with siblings.

Arguments aside, there are very few bonds more special than those between siblings - people who have known each other almost their entire lives and know each other inside out.

SCST logoJackie Pape, head of the family placement service at the Trust, said: “Many children coming into care these days are part of a sibling group and, sadly, it can be a challenge to find adoptive families who can offer a home to sibling groups.

“We always do what we can to keep brothers and sisters together but we need more people to come forward who are ready and willing to take on more than one child.”

This special relationship comes to the fore when siblings have had a difficult background, like some of those in care have experienced. They often develop a greater reliance on each other and, where other children and young people may turn to parents or other adults for support or even a trusted circle of friends, they turn more towards each other.

For some adoptive families, welcoming a sibling group can have its own set of challenges. It may be why some people are put off. There may be behavioural issues to contend with, as well as having the time and patience to give each child individual attention but these are all barriers that can be overcome and the Trust is always there to offer support and guidance.

“We do have adopters who are prepared to take on that challenge and they’ve thrived,” said Jackie. “We have some incredible adoptive families at the Trust who have shown they have what it takes to open up their home and their family to a sibling group and provide them with the physical and emotional security they need to develop. But we need more!”

Could you give a sibling group a brighter future by providing them with the loving, nurturing environment they need to be safe, secure and successful?

To find out more, get in touch with the Trust’s adoption team by calling 0800 073 0291, emailing adopt@scstrust.co.uk, or visiting the Trust's website.  

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