ADOPTION charity Parents And Children Together (PACT) is supporting a national campaign appealing for more people to consider adopting brothers and sisters in groups of two or more.
PACT, which last year placed 87 children with 62 families through its adoption services, is taking part in the annual National Adoption Week which runs from 16th to 22nd October.
This year the campaign, organised by First 4 Adoption, is focusing on the need to find the right adopters for sibling groups. New figures released by First 4 Adoption reveal that 59 per cent of the children in the South East waiting for adoptive families are brothers and sisters in groups of two or more.
PACT is supporting the national campaign by renewing its call for adopters who can adopt a sibling group of two or more children to enable brothers and sisters to stay together.
Harry and his wife Claire adopted three siblings, all under four years old, through PACT in 2016. He said:"To adopt a sibling group of three has been the toughest and single most rewarding thing my wife and I have done. Our children have been kept together which in turn has helped with their transition to our family whilst also helping to keep their identity."
Jan Fishwick OBE, Chief Executive of PACT, who has been shortlisted as a finalist in The Gareth Marr Award for Lifetime Achievement at this year’s National Adoption Week Awards, said she was delighted the agency was again supporting the national week of awareness-raising and she was particularly pleased it was focusing on the need for more adopters for siblings.
She said: "At PACT we are always looking for people who could parent siblings as these children often face the longest wait for their forever family. Finding adopters with the skills and space for two or more children is crucial so that brothers and sisters, who have often had an unsettled enough start to their life, can stay together with their adoptive parents.
"Our teams are well-experienced at matching and placing sibling groups and in supporting these families. I would encourage anyone who could consider adopting a sibling group of two or more children to get in touch with us and find out more about what is involved. "
As part of its support for National Adoption Week, staff from PACT will also be manning an information stand in Reading town centre on Thursday 19th October where people can find out more about the agency’s adoption services."
To find out more about adopting with PACT visit www.pactcharity.org or call 0300 456 4800.