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Assessing Prospective Adopters Considered for Sibling Groups

Who this is for

Adoption practitioners and managers (Voluntary Adoption Agencies, Regional Adoption Agencies, Local Authorities, and independent social workers), children’s social care services, children and family social workers, foster carers, kinship carers, designated teachers, and other professionals working with children and families.


This is an opportunity for social workers in the field of adoption to develop their expertise in assessing prospective adopters who wish to be considered for siblings.

“I felt the content was relevant and thought provoking, the delivery was engaging and highly professional and the session was coherent / engaging throughout. I was really pleased to have been part of this training and wish colleagues had had the opportunity to share this too!” – Attendee, September 2021

We will be looking at motivating factors of the prospective adopters and the relationship dynamics of the children in sibling groups who are waiting for adoptive families. With these factors in mind, Coram RAA will be sharing how they make robust assessments of sibling adopters and share elements of their sibling preparation and training session to help participating agencies build up their own skills and resources in this area. The preparation and training session is co-run in house by a Coram adoptive parent and a Coram practitioner, and together they will be delivering the CVAA session on this topic.

“The adopters lived experience was extremely useful and thought provoking. I really liked the practical ideas and I also thought the grid used to guide assessment was fantastic” – Attendee, September 2022

Learning outcomes

  • To have an over view of why prospective adopters wish to adopt siblings
  • To develop skills and guidance on measuring applicants capacity to manage the complexity of a sibling placement
  • To be given resources to build upon this learning and develop a session within an agency’s preparation and training programme which will equip and prepare prospective adopters for a sibling placement

About the trainers

Maggie Davies

Maggie is an adoption manager for Coram Ambitious for Adoption. She has worked in all aspects of local authority adoption work for fourteen years and joined Coram’s adoption team seven years ago.

Rachel Makin

Rachel is an adoptive parent of 2 siblings (adopted aged 4 & 5) who has had a very challenging but rewarding journey through parenting. Partly as a result of that journey, she retrained and is now a psychotherapist. She brings both her practical experience and theoretical training in when she delivers training (particularly related to siblings), and in her role as an Independent Adoption Panel Member.

Rachel and Maggie designed Coram’s Sibling Training session and additional elements for consideration by assessing social workers to Coram’s assessment process 4 years ago. The groups run about 3 times a year and have been attended by prospective adoptive families in assessment with Coram and London local authorities who wish to be considered for a sibling group. They have also delivered the group to voluntary adoption agencies prospective adopters in assessment in the North West, and for Cambridgeshire County Council.


A member of staff will be in touch with attendees one week prior to the event to share a pre-event delegate pack. If you have any questions regarding this webinar, please contact us at We will aim to answer your query within two working days.

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