Cumberland Council is imploring people to consider adopting siblings ahead of National Adoption Week. 

Nearly half of the children with a plan for adoption in Cumbria need a home with their brother or sister. What’s more, is that they often wait the longest for a loving forever family.

The latest research shows that children in sibling groups wait 13 months longer than children not in a sibling group. That’s why this National Adoption Week (16 to 22 October) Cumbria Adoption is asking potential adopters to consider whether they might have time and space for two or more children in their hearts and homes.

Cllr Sue Sanderson, Cabinet member children’s services, education, and skills at Westmorland and Furness Council, said: "This National Adoption Week we’re asking those thinking about adoption to consider whether they could offer a loving home to children who usually wait longer to find a loving family, especially sibling groups of brothers and sisters. If you think you might have what it takes please contact us or attend an event to find out more."

Cumbria Adoption Service, which works on behalf of Cumberland Council and Westmorland and Furness Council, found adoptive families for 34 children from Cumbria last year. Around 40 per cent of the children who were waiting for homes last year were brothers and sisters staying together.

The adoption service welcomes adopters regardless of age, marital status, gender, sexuality, disability, or employment status, and in most cases, the process to approval takes six to eight months.

Cllr Emma Williamson, executive member for children and family wellbeing, at Cumberland Council, said: "In our latest campaign we are keen to remind potential adopters that you can make a huge difference to children's lives when you give them a loving home.

"We're particularly looking for adopters who will care for brothers and sisters together. Attending one of our information events is an ideal way to find out more and get started on your adoption journey."

The next adoption information event takes place on Wednesday 25 October at 6pm. To book a place please email or call 0303 3331216.