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Lancashire sisters looking for a forever home

girls looking to be adopted

3:47pm 19th October 2018
(Updated 8:43am 23rd October 2018)

Lancashire County Council (LCC) are looking for adoptive parents for three sisters during National Adoption Week.

*The image above is not of the girls in this story in order to protect their identities

Sibling groups are among the children who wait longest to be adopted, as there are not enough people coming forward who are able to give them a safe, permanent and loving family.

LCC are currently trying to find a forever family for three sisters, Sophie aged five, Olivia aged two and one-year-old Poppy.

It is important the sisters are kept together as they have a very close sibling bond and it would not be in their best interests to split them up in order to find them permanent homes.

Being able to keep the ties that they have already developed with each other will help them to be able to thrive in the future.

County Councillor Susie Charles, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Schools, said:

"It's a sad fact that some children are simply unable to remain with their birth family, for many different reasons. Some children aren't lucky enough to be born into families where they are put first, or even have their normal needs met.

"This is unfortunately the case for these three lovely little girls.

"We realise that adopting more than one child might not be for everyone, but it has its advantages as you get a ready-made family.

"Also, if you are planning to adopt more than one child, adopting siblings means that you only have to go through the process once. You will also have the joy of seeing them grow up together.

"We are doing all we can to keep these sisters together. In this case, as in others when children cannot be brought up by their own parents, the sibling relationships take on extra importance. Being able to remain together will be an important source of comfort, strength and support.

"I'm hoping that we can encourage people to at least think this over. I know that it takes a very special person to be able to adopt a group of three and start or grow their family in this way. I'd like to reassure anyone thinking about this that we know it can work, because we already have some very happy families here in Lancashire which were created when people adopted siblings."

Among the 62 Lancashire children who are currently ready to be adopted, there are nine two-sibling groups and four three-sibling groups.

Consideration is given to anyone who wishes to adopt, regardless of their age, marital status, sexuality or gender. There are no strict rules about whether people should have jobs, their own homes or have their own children.

The county council is keen to hear from a broad range of prospective adopters, including single people and couples, same-sex and heterosexual, from all religious backgrounds or none.

The only legal requirements are that adopters must be over 21 and live within Lancashire or nearby.

Anyone interested in finding out more about Olivia, Sophie and Poppy should contact the adoption team on 0300 123 6723.

If you want to find out more about adoption, contact the county council by calling the friendly adoption team on 0300 123 6723.

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