‘It Takes A Village III – My Brother, My Sister and Me’
“Having three children ourselves, we knew how important keeping brothers and sisters together is,” says Judith, a foster carer with Buckinghamshire Council.
Often brothers and sisters can wait longer to be fostered or adopted together but as Judith explains, it’s so beneficial for children when they can be kept together.
“The children are not so anxious, they’re not worrying about where their little brother or their big sister is, they’re in it together and can talk about their shared experiences.”
Buckinghamshire Council always needs more foster carers and adopters who can give a loving and safe home to siblings together. And they want everyone to know what it’s like!
‘It Takes A Village III: My Brother, My Sister, and Me’ is a unique opportunity to hear from real people about their real experiences around fostering and adopting brothers and sisters. We’d love as many people as possible to join us online at 7pm on Thursday 14 October. Register online to be part of our live audience and hear from our range of special guests.
As well as learning more about Judith’s experience of fostering brothers and sisters, you’ll get to hear from Maggie, a Buckinghamshire adopter and foster carer who adopted two brothers with additional needs. We’ll also be sharing the thoughts of children in foster and adoptive families and their relationship with their new brothers and sisters.
It’s also a unique opportunity to learn about the special role of the council’s ‘Life Story’ workers, as Debbie and Emily explain how they help adopted children navigate their feelings towards their life story. Lisa, our Child and Family Worker, will also be talking about the support offered by Buckinghamshire Council to fostering and adopting families as children develop.
Anita Cranmer, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said: “If you’ve thought about fostering or adopting then please join us for ‘It Takes A Village III: My Brother, My Sister, and Me’. Almost half of children in need of adoption or fostering are brothers and sisters where we are looking for a safe and loving home for them together. At the moment, it’s not always possible to keep siblings together.
“61% of adopters have said that adopting children with their brothers and sisters has been the most beneficial factor in their children’s adoption journey. If you have a spare bedroom and are considering fostering or adopting, I do encourage you to consider brothers and sisters to enable them to stay together.
“This event will be an informal opportunity to get a real insight into what it’s really like to foster and adopt siblings, and the amazing support Buckinghamshire Council offers to help you on this journey, so please do come along and find out more!”