Cornwall Council’s Family Placement team has launched a campaign to encourage more residents to sign up to become a foster carer or adoptive parent to brother and sister groups.
By keeping sibling groups together, they remain together and can help and support each other throughout the fostering or adoption process.
Ideal adopters or foster carers are people who have a desire to better the life of sibling groups who can no longer be cared for by their family.
Cornwall Council’s Strategic Director for Together for Families Meredith Teasdale said: “We are always looking for foster and adoptive parents for sibling groups across Cornwall. We want to keep brothers and sisters together as much as we can and most children who come into foster care are part of a sibling group.
“Becoming a foster carer or adoptive parent can make a hugely positive difference to a child’s life. It is also very rewarding experience for our foster carers and adoptive parents.
“If you think you have what it takes to care for a sibling group and become a foster or adoptive parent, we would like to hear from you.”
The campaign was launched on International Siblings Day. Siblings Day is a way of honouring the special bond that happens within families, as brothers and sisters share life together from childhood into adulthood and even into old age.
Joanne and Colin are foster carers in Cornwall, they said: “We started fostering when we lived up country, about five years ago, and the first placement we had was two lovely boys, both brothers. They didn’t stay for long because it was only a respite, but they were lovely boys and they settled really well.
“It was such a pleasure that it actually spurred us on to do fostering more permanently and we took two younger boys: siblings from a large family group. When they came to us it was quite traumatic for them, but the one thing they had was each other.
“Whilst their other siblings were separated off, these two remained together. They fought (as siblings do), but by the time they left us a year later they’d found a new friendship with each other. They were able to play together and get along more, than when they did when they first arrived.
“We decided from that point, if we were going to have other children, then we would take the older sibling groups. They were the ones that less people wanted, but we did. We work well with them and they work well with us.”
Cornwall Council are looking for those who have time, love, empathy and flexibility. To be eligible you must be over 21, you can be single or in a relationship (for more than two years).
Find more information on our fostering and adoption pages.