Raising awareness of National Adoption Week

Guest post by Miranda Davies and Roger Bullock, Adoption & Fostering Journal

nawThe British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) run National Adoption Week each year to raise awareness of the issues involved in adoption and to encourage prospective parents to come forward.  In 2014, the week focuses on siblings and adoption. To support the week, relevant articles from Adoption & Fostering, the BAAF journal, will be made freely available throughout November.  Miranda Davies, the journal manager, and Roger Bullock, the editor, had the following to say about National Adoption Week’s theme this year:

“Recent statistics obtained by BAAF show that around 50% of all children for whom local authorities are trying to find adopters have brothers and sisters. Where possible these children should stay together. This month’s National Adoption Week (3–9 November) aims to raise awareness of this issue and encourage potential parents to come forward. Although being placed with siblings may not be right for every child, it is important to do everything possible for children for whom it is in their best interests to stay together. In the words of BAAF’s Interim Chief Executive, Barbara Hutchinson:

“Sibling relationships are very important and can be very special. They can provide mutual support, love and constancy. For children who have had an unsettled and uncertain start in life, it can be especially devastating to then lose their brothers and sisters.”

The significance of sibling relationships are also known to increase over the lifespan (Sanders, A&F 33:3, 2009).

The widespread public and media attention generated by BAAF’s annual National Adoption Week makes it an extremely effective recruitment tool for finding families and thus transforming the lives of thousands of vulnerable children. As editors of Adoption & Fostering, we are delighted to support this year’s initiative by flagging up articles on siblings that have been published in the journal since the 1980s ‒ from a study of siblings placed together (Rushton, Treseder and Quinton, 1989) to the development of a special tool for social workers tasked with deciding whether or not to split up groups of siblings for placement in adoptive or long-term foster homes (Farnfield, 2009) and the motivations and experiences of adults seeking contact with adopted siblings (Ludvigsen and Parnham, 2004). By drawing attention to these and other articles we hope to highlight the relevance of this neglected area of research.”

To support NAW, SAGE is delighted to make the below articles freely accessible throughout November:

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