Knowsley couple who adopted siblings say it’s the best thing they have ever done!

Published on: Monday, 03-November-2014

A Knowsley couple have been speaking out how adopting two children has completely changed their lives for the better, as Knowsley Council supports National Adoption Week.

Those lucky enough to have brothers and sisters know how special the relationship between siblings can be. Sadly, sibling groups are amongst the children who wait longest to be adopted.

Being placed with their siblings may not be the best option for every child, but it is a tragedy if the shortage of adopters willing and able to adopt siblings is the only reason why brothers and sisters cannot stay together.

This year’s National Adoption Week (which runs from Monday 3 November to Sunday 9 November) will encourage more people to come forward who can adopt brothers and sisters together.

Together4Adoption, which is made up of Knowsley Council, Halton Borough Council and Cheshire West and Chester councils, is spearheading the campaign.

Its aim is to work together to improve the possibilities of finding the right families for the children who are currently in the care of the three authorities.

Cllr Gary See, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Family Services, said:

"There is no such thing as an ideal adoptive parent. Just as every child hoping to be adopted is unique, adoptive parents are all very different, with a range of life experiences and backgrounds.

"Adoption really can change a child’s life and there’s a real need for people to provide families for siblings, so I hope more people will come forward through National Adoption Week.”

National Adoption Week is an annual event that aims to raise awareness about adoption and encourage more people to come forward to adopt.

Sarah and her husband adopted two daughters through Knowsley Council. The children moved in with them last year.  Sarah said “I’ll never forget how it felt when we first met the girls.  Their foster carer opened the front door with my eldest daughter by her side and asked her if she knew who I was, to which she replied ‘mummy’. That felt amazing.”

“We decided we wanted to adopt siblings as that way the children would always have a friend and playmate.  It also meant we only needed to go through the adoption process once.”

Sarah’s advice for anyone considering adoption is quite simply “Go for it! And don’t let anyone put you off!”

If you think you think you might have what it takes to adopt get in touch with the adoption team in Knowsley on 0151 443 3958 or for more information visit: www.together4adoption.co.uk