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Offering long term care

Jake (5) and Justin’s (7) parents died at an early age due to alcohol and drug misuse. Jake and Justin lived for a short time with their grandmother and with their younger brother David who is now 2.   When it became clear she would not be able to care for them in the long term, the two older boys were looked after temporarily by a foster family. Jake and Justin were later matched with Mark and Austin with a plan for Adoption.

Mark and Austin

“We didn’t think we would be able to adopt as we didn’t own our own home, didn’t have loads of money or a car to drive children around. It was our family who encouraged us to put ourselves forward. We are both family people and had spent a lot of time looking after relatives and friends’ children so we had plenty of people to vouch for us.”  

“At 7 years old some people worried that Justin was too old to be adopted. But it was made clear to us that for the brothers to settle in any home Jake and Justin needed to be together.”

“Justin and Jake continue to see their brother David who is being adopted by the Jones family. David’s parents have become like friends and getting the children together is very natural. We tell our boys that we will always love David as he is part of them. They seem to like that in this way our family has grown in two ways.”

Paul Childs - Children's Social Worker perspective:

“I was adamant that we should look for a place where Jake and Justin could be together and was delighted when Mark and Austin were matched with them.”

“We recognise that not all siblings can live together but you could see by watching Jake and Justin play and the close relationship they shared they should remain placed together.  They had shown whilst living with the foster family that they took care of each other and soothed each other if the other one was distressed. They clearly stated their need to live together. The difficulties their parents and then grandmother had in caring for them meant that their relationships with each other became so important. The relationship with David was significant but less strong.”

“Finding a permanent home for these boys together greatly increases their chance of a successful integration into family life and to achieving happy and settled futures and their shared history will help shape their identity.”  

“Mark and Austin are committed to putting their energy into helping the children enjoy life and being creative to overcome the hurdles they know they will face in helping the boys untangle the first years of their life and move forward.”

Offering long term care

Jake (5) and Justin’s (7) parents died at an early age due to alcohol and drug misuse. Jake and Justin lived for a short time with their grandmother and with their younger brother David who is now 2.   When it became clear she would not be able to care for them in the long term, the two older boys were looked after temporarily by a foster family. Jake and Justin were later matched with Mark and Austin with a plan for Adoption.

Mark and Austin

“We didn’t think we would be able to adopt as we didn’t own our own home, didn’t have loads of money or a car to drive children around. It was our family who encouraged us to put ourselves forward. We are both family people and had spent a lot of time looking after relatives and friends’ children so we had plenty of people to vouch for us.”  

“At 7 years old some people worried that Justin was too old to be adopted. But it was made clear to us that for the brothers to settle in any home Jake and Justin needed to be together.”

“Justin and Jake continue to see their brother David who is being adopted by the Jones family. David’s parents have become like friends and getting the children together is very natural. We tell our boys that we will always love David as he is part of them. They seem to like that in this way our family has grown in two ways.”

Paul Childs - Children's Social Worker perspective:

“I was adamant that we should look for a place where Jake and Justin could be together and was delighted when Mark and Austin were matched with them.”

“We recognise that not all siblings can live together but you could see by watching Jake and Justin play and the close relationship they shared they should remain placed together.  They had shown whilst living with the foster family that they took care of each other and soothed each other if the other one was distressed. They clearly stated their need to live together. The difficulties their parents and then grandmother had in caring for them meant that their relationships with each other became so important. The relationship with David was significant but less strong.”

“Finding a permanent home for these boys together greatly increases their chance of a successful integration into family life and to achieving happy and settled futures and their shared history will help shape their identity.”  

“Mark and Austin are committed to putting their energy into helping the children enjoy life and being creative to overcome the hurdles they know they will face in helping the boys untangle the first years of their life and move forward.”