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Placing Children in Sibling Groups for Adoption and Meeting their Needs

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.


Note: The national recruitment campaign includes a particular focus on sibling placements. This training is therefore particularly relevant to all agencies. 

In this webinar you will have an opportunity to consider how we can attract potential adopters for siblings and how we inspire confidence in those who may be initially overawed by the possibility of parenting more than one child…all at once! As practitioners, what are the qualities and experiences we want adopters of siblings to be able to demonstrate, or cultivate.

“Well paced seminar with good use of break out rooms to offer group discussion. Provided a lot of food for thought and ideas from other agencies sharing good practice.” – Attendee, 2021

You will have an opportunity to learn what Adoption Focus are doing in terms of a specific aspect of this work, whilst at the same time having the opportunity to identify the situations you find most challenging and work in smaller groups to consider various solutions.

“It was really thought provoking having a speaker who had adopted siblings talking so candidly about both her and touching on her husbands experiences too. The case study was interesting and hearing about the training of prospective adopters.” – Attendee, September 2022

Learning outcomes

  • Do we tailor some of our preparation and training accordingly and if so in what ways?
  • Are our Adoption Panels confident generally in approving adopters for siblings or is there a tendency to be risk averse?
  • When it comes to matching, how confident and clear are we in evidencing the additional emotional, practical, financial support which our adopters may require in order to parent a sibling group?
  • What specific resources do we provide in terms of adoption support; what challenges do contact issues raise for sibling placements?
  • What do we know about outcomes for children placed with siblings?

About the trainer

Leigh Smith

Leigh has been a Training and Volunteer Co-Ordinator with Adoption Focus since 2017. Before this she worked in the Local Authority and then within a private fostering agency. Her roles have included supervising contact for looked after children, finding suitable foster placements for children and young people, mentoring adolescents in foster care and working in residential units. She now works within the training team at Adoption Focus and the post-adoption support team.


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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