Free Legal Advice Line for National Adoption Week
NATIONAL ADOPTION WEEK 3rd- 7th November
DAILY FREE ADVICE LINE OPENS ADOPTION ADVICE
This year’s National Adoption Week is focusing on siblings.
Nigel Priestley, Senior Partner at Ridley and Hall and senior legal advisor with Adoption Legal Centre said: “I am one of four children – so is my wife! We have three children of our own!
Those of us lucky enough to have brothers and sisters know how special the relationship between siblings can be.
For many brothers and sisters, the mutual support they give each other and their shared histories are real gifts that help them during their journey through life. Adopted children have usually had a tough start in life. It is even more important for them to experience the stability and support that being with their brothers and sisters can bring.
All the statistics show that sadly, sibling groups are amongst the children who wait longest to be adopted. There aren’t enough adopters who are able to give these children a loving, secure and permanent home together. Brothers and sisters are having to wait longer for a family or may even have to be split up and adopted separately.
Being placed with their siblings may not always be the best option for every child, but it is a tragedy if the shortage of adopters willing and able to adopt siblings when it is in their best interest is the only reason why brothers and sisters cannot stay together. Sometimes peole just need to know what support they are entitled to if they go ahead.
At the Adoption Legal centre we understand the challenges that may face adopters considering taking on a sibling group. If prospective adopters need some free advice to reassure them – in National Adoption Week they can get it. All week 3rd – 7th between 12.00 and 1.00pm our phones will be manned offering free legal advice.
We are happy to advise anyone who needs advice on any adoption issue. We will signpost where to get support and if we can’t give an answer immediately we’ll come back to those who need advice. This might be adopters facing the challenges of caring for sibling groups. It could be prospective adopters who need advice on the responsibilities of Local Authorities to provide support.
Simply call 01484 538421 and ask to speak to a member of the Adoption Legal Centre team.