Historically, sibling groups of two or more children have been significantly less likely to be fostered or adopted than single children. The reasons for this are clear – it is more expensive to foster or adopt multiple children, integration with an existing family can be more complex, and many first time parents have (reasonable) angst about going “from none to multiples”.

Heim ET

Over the last few years as “young, healthy” children have been fostered domestically or are adopted at a young age, more and more families are considering older children and sibling groups. Anecdotal evidence suggests also that a larger percentage of families are adopting primarily out of a desire to care for children vs. families experiencing infertility (who may be adopting primarily to start a family). One can see how the former group might be more likely to consider sibling groups and older children, at least historically.

Many, many families have adopted or fostered sibling groups with great success in the past few years. Of course it can be challenging to integrate additional children into your family – whether a single child or multiples. That said, considering sibling groups can also be wonderful and allows children who otherwise might face permanent separation to remain together in a family.

Project HOPEFUL encourages you to consider caring for or adopting children who are a part of a biological sibling group.

We recommend you talk to other families who have adopted sibling groups, discuss with your local support system, and pray through the decision and process.