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Siblings who wanted to stay together may be closer to adoption

In Pennsylvania alone, there are countless children longing for a family and home of their own. For many of them, adoption may feel like a lifetime away. For one set of siblings in Kansas, however, the wait may finally be coming to an end.

Almost 11 months ago, one state agency ran a short story about a family of five siblings who were hoping to be adopted together. Now, almost a year after the state was deluged by requests from hopeful families across the country, officials stated that the children may finally be getting closer to having a permanent placement. When questioned why the process has taken so long when there was such an outpouring of support, officials only commented that there are many steps in the process when there is a multiple child adoption.

When more than one child is being placed, the needs of each individual child must be considered. For example, will the proposed adoptive parents be able to care for a child with special needs in addition to several other children? To ensure that the needs of all adopted children can be met, the proposed adoptive parents will be interviewed thoroughly and their home given a careful inspection for safety issues. State agencies may also look to keep children near services and support systems that were in place prior to the adoption to avoid unnecessary transition issues.

Even when Pennsylvania residents decide that adoption is best for their family, they will likely still have a lot of unanswered questions. An experienced and knowledgeable family law attorney can provide guidance and information to help ensure a smooth transition for the proposed adoptive parents and child.

Source: kansascity.com, "Update: Viral Kansas 5 siblings seeking adoption", Rick Montgomery, Feb. 4, 2018

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