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Hi... this is a general question I was thinking about....


Our child and siblings were with a FC but we're split when adopted so we have the little one and other 2 have been adopted together.... anyway.... the FC has stopped fostering when all 3 were adopted ( 1yr ago) but if the BM was to have another baby and we were asked about adoption the new little one could we request for the FC that had the 3 siblings to be a special guardian while its decided if the new one would be to go into care as we live at least 5 hours away so coudnt foster to adopt as we couldnt do the contact so instead of going to someone thay doesn't know the family history and we know well would be great if the same person could.


Was just a thought as someone has seen BM pushing round a newborn so it was just something on my mind . Nothing is official and we haven't heard anything but it was just something I was thinking about


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Sorry mummyofone but you won't be consulted at all. If you are even told of the baby's arrival you will be fortunate, you certainly can't select the foster carer the child goes to, the child would go to a foster carer with a vacancy. You have absolutely no rights at all to even be notified of subsequent babies, let alone a right to be first choice adopters. If birth mum is pregnant by a different father or moves authorities everything would start from scratch and their preferred option might be one of their own approved adopters.

You point out that the FC has resigned since, that means she is ineligible to foster. Special Guardianship is not an alternative to short term fostering, it's an alternative to adoption and unlikely to be appropriate in the case of an infant.


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Ahh right ok. Our little ones SW told us different... she told us that " don't be suprised if I'm calling you saying thays she's had another and will you consider it" thats her exact words. Thank you for replying and clearing that up. We did wonder. Can you imagine tho finding out as an adult when adoptive children want to search for family to then find out 20+ yrs down the line thay you have a sibling but.LA didn't think they should say. I couldn't imagine finding out I had brothers and sisters I didn't know about and could of had contact with ( letter box or direct) whay a shame that they don't say. Sad thank you again, much appreciated. I didn't understand the whole thing and couldn't find much on Google so thats a big help.. little ones SW maybe just said it for the sake of saying it.


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Hi

In our LA, if subsequent siblings are born and it is determined they should be placed for adoption, then the parents of the siblings who have already been adopted are approached first to see if they would be interested in having the child placed with them. We've been contacted five times! So in this situation you may be approached; this wouldn't apply if the birth parents had moved away or the child was remaining in the birth family.


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Belly bug is right. Our la advises if a sibling is born as standard practice (assuming it's within the la). They ask those with the sibling first as at permanence panel they need to have a robust explanation as to why a child is not placed with an existing sibling (e.g. The existing sibling has significant needs that mean the newer sibling would be better placed separately).


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My AS has three younger siblings. I knew about 1 cos she was pregnant around the time the adoption was in process and had to have a pre birth assessment. The babe went home as did the next two who I only know about cos birth mum told me via FB and sent me pictures of them. The family have had no further SS involvement since child 4 when the pre birth assessment was done. Child 5 and 6 are with mum as are all the children except mine, child 3 of 6.


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i think what midge is saying is that you dont have the right to be informed or consulted about subsequent children. but it is possible that you may be approached. I can think of several posters here who have adopted siblings several years apart.


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Yes, what Serrakunda said.

You have no right to be informed of subsequent children's arrival, after all it's a private matter for that family, nor a right to be first consideration for placement. SW change frequently. Most foster children I had had 2 or 3 different SW in a 12-18 month period. Hopefully in the same LA you'd be considered, but you shouldn't count on it. In a different LA (if the family move) there are no guarantees they will even think of asking.


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Thank you so much for all your comments. We're not 'hoping' they contact us to says they want us to consider another as it's a shame children end up away from there birth family but probably wouldn't say no also. Birth mother has server learning difficulties and can not look after her self well so you just never no but I wanted to ask you all anyway as you all have your own journeys and things that you know so I'm very greatful for all your comments. .


Thank you


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