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Harry Wearing
By Harry Wearing

Senior Staff Writer

14 October 2019

| | 2 min read


Figures show that almost half of the children awaiting adoption in the North East are in sibling groups

In the North East almost half of the children waiting for adoptive families are brothers and sisters in groups of two or more.  Figures show that sibling groups wait longer than single children to be placed with a ‘forever family’.

Adopt NE
Adopt NE

The majority of people adopting for the first time choose to take a single child into their family. However 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.

Adopt North East is asking anyone who may be considering adoption to think about whether they could parent siblings. There’s no denying that having more than one child comes with real challenges but it also has advantages and brings great rewards.

The adoption service is inviting anyone thinking about adopting to come along to one of their information events during National Adoption Week.  There are three sessions taking place on Thursday 17 October at Adopt North East in Longbenton (10am–12pm, 2pm–4pm and 6:30pm–8:30pm).

You don’t have to come along to an information event to get in touch, the team will be happy to speak to you any time. You can get in touch by telephone 0191 643 5000, email or visit