Seven reasons why adopting siblings is brilliant
Around half of the children awaiting adoption are part of a sibling group who need to find a family together
Read our seven top reasons for adopting siblings and find out why giving brothers and sisters a permanent, loving home could be the best thing you'll ever do.
1. We’re home. Joining a family together can help adopted children settle and have a positive sense of who they are
Having a brother or sister share the experience can help adopted children settle quickly into their new homes. Unlike leaving a brother or sister behind, which can make them feel worried.
2. Adopting brothers and sisters means you have a ready-made family
The decision to adopt is often borne out of a deep-seated desire for a family. Adopting brothers and sisters gives you that straight away. Imagine your sense of reward when you see them all together.
3. It’s mine (but maybe we can share)! Children learn social skills like sharing and caring for each other from being part of a sibling group
Growing up with brothers and sisters teaches us to give and take. And that doesn’t just mean stuff. It’s all about sharing our emotions too. Keeping siblings together helps develop well-balanced children.
4. They know. Brothers and sisters have a shared story, which can give them the strength to support each other throughout their lives
You may never know exactly what happened before your adopted child came to you. But his or her sibling was there. Being with each other can help them release their emotions and deal with their past, plus any questions they may have in the future.
5. Phew! If you are planning to adopt more than one child, adopting siblings means you only need to go through the process once
Sometimes, adopters feel they would like to expand their family and give their adopted child a brother or sister. When you adopt siblings you create a family unit quickly, which means you can put a lot of energy into building your new family at once rather than in stages.
6. Who wouldn’t be without them? Our brothers and sisters are the longest lasting relationships we have
They are there with us at the beginning and throughout our lives. Keeping siblings together helps children nurture a sense of identity; it develops their self-esteem and can help their mental health.
7. You’re my brother (you’re my sister). Keeping families together and giving them the shared experiences of growing up together, as siblings are meant to.
It’s in the song. The road is long but with a brother or sister, the way can feel easier.