It is very sad in a situation where there are siblings available for adoption and one of the children gets a permanent home and the rest are left behind. This happens quite often. Separating siblings, brothers and sisters, can have an awful affect on an adoptive child’s life. Especially if the adoption involves an older child who completely understands what is happening. Certainly the adopted child would have mixed emotions. They would have to happy realizing they were going to a permanent home where they’ll be loved and cared for. But, this adoptive child is leaving behind sisters and brother who to them are family.
Fortunately there are prospective adoptive parents who are willing to adopt siblings. Yes, there are couples who adopt an entire family of children. This is a true act of compassion on the part of the adoptive parents. They immediately get a ready made family and the children stay together in one permanent, loving home. Obviously adopting siblings is a big commitment and also a big expense. Not only will the adoption process be expensive, adopting siblings will mean day to day living may get expensive. Couples who adopt siblings would have to be financially stable in order to be approved for the adoptions.
Colombia is one country that has sibling groups available for adoption. In Colombia children and sibling groups usually live in small orphanages, large orphanages and foster homes. Many of these children have been abandoned and their parent’s parental rights have been terminated. These children likely come from poverty and harsh environments. Siblings stay together in these orphanages and foster home. For many children their siblings are their comfort and strength. Separating siblings could have damaging long-term effects. Not to mention anxiety experienced by the adoptive child because of separation. Fortunately Colombia is a country that allows sibling adoption. If prospective adoptive parents meet the requirements set down by the Colombian adoption department, they can return home with a whole family of adoptive children.
If choosing sibling adoption, people should make sure they are well informed about the situation surrounding the children’s abandonment. In some cases adoptive parents may find sibling in an orphanage, a foster home or a group home that have been placed there or left there without parental termination. In a case like this, prospective adoptive parents of these siblings are putting themselves at risk for disappointment. In situations where birth parents have not terminated their parental rights, they may one day decide they want their children back. This would be devastating for the adoptive parents and perhaps the adoptive children. In order to keep the children, the adoptive parents would have to fight it out in a court of law. Unfortunately in this case, the law would probably place the siblings back into their parent’s custody. It may not be in the best interest of the siblings but the law decides the custody of children. Once the siblings are returned to their parents, the best thing the adoptive parents can do is to hope and pray that they’ll be loved and cared for and will not be subject to an unhealthy environment.
If you are interested in sibling adoption, consult an adoption agency or browse the Internet for information. The Internet has plenty of information on adoption, including sibling adoption. The Internet will also have stories about successful adoptions of siblings.