New figures show two thirds of children awaiting adoption in the NW are in sibling groups

64% of the children in the North West waiting for adoptive families are brothers and sisters in groups of 2 or more according to new information published today to mark National Adoption Week (16-22nd October). Figures from national adoption information service, First4Adoption, show that sibling groups wait longer than single children to be placed with a ‘forever family’.

The new research, by Adoption Match and based on data from the Adoption Register for England, also reveals that:

  • 52% of sibling groups awaiting adoption in the North West are children aged over 4
  • 59% of these groups awaiting adoption are made up of boys
  • 11% of the siblings groups awaiting adoption are Black and Minority Ethnic children


Jo-Ann Swanston-King, National Manager of Families that Last, commented, “The majority of people adopting for the first time choose to take a single child into their family. Also, it is often in the best interests of the children that a sibling group finds a family together rather than experience further trauma by being separated. This presents an extra challenge for social workers and these factors account for the high proportion of siblings in our region waiting for an adoptive family.

“After Adoption is proud that, over the last four years, more than half the adoption placements made by us have consisted of sibling groups. This is encouraging and reflects how we are able to work with potential adopters to consider the possibility of parenting siblings, by building their skills, helping to make them confident parents and offering lifelong support.”

If you are interested in finding out more, click here or call 0300 456 2656.

ActionLine: 0800 0 568 578
Family Finding and Adoption Support