Push to keep siblings together when adopted

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Keeping brothers and sisters together when they are adopted is an intiative Calderdale Council is looking to implement as it looks for more adopters.

During National Adoption Week, the council is stepping up work to encourage more people to adopt brothers and sisters together in a stable, loving home.

This work will include new posters, lamppost banners and roundabout signs across the borough, as well as adverts and social media messages.

Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, Councillor Colin Raistrick, said: “More than 250 people have asked about becoming adopters since we launched our recruitment campaign in July 2013.

“This is fantastic but we still need more adopters, especially for groups of brothers and sisters of all ages and backgrounds – so this is the focus of our latest campaign.

“We know how important it is to keep siblings together. For example, when moving into an adoptive home it can be comforting and reassuring for siblings to have each other for extra support.

“Adopting is a life-changing decision, but our friendly and experienced team will support you every step of the way, through training and ongoing adoption support services.”