Think siblings

Think Siblings is a programme led by Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption (CCA) which aims to develop new ways of supporting the placement of children waiting for adoption in sibling groups

It was funded through the Department of Education’s Adoption Practice and Improvement Fund.

The project aims to increase the number of looked-after sibling groups finding permanence by:

  • improving the assessment of the needs of siblings
  • increasing the number of adopters and carers who are able and willing to adopt children in sibling groups. 

Following the project, a national survey of adopters by Hannah Lawrence and reports by Elaine Dibben, Lauren Butcher and Dr Helen Upright, are now available outlining the main learning from the Think Siblings project and the messages for practice that have been identified.

The reports, which are aimed at social worker practitioners, also signpost the training packages and tools that have been developed to support the training of all those involved in assessing the needs of siblings and placement with families who are offering them permanence.

Read Think Siblings: findings from a national survey of adopters

Read Think Siblings project: Messages for Practice when Assessing the Needs of Siblings for Permanent Placement and Supporting Siblings in Adoptive Families

Read Think Siblings Project: Final Report

Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption

Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption is an adoption agency created by Coram working jointly with Cambridgeshire County Council and with funding from the Department for Education (DfE).

It brings together the best skills and expertise from Coram and the local authority to help tackle adopter shortage so children in the care system don’t experience drift and delay.

Find out more about Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption

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