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Three adorable siblings at risk of being split up if they don't find their 'forever home' together

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Three adorable siblings at risk of being split up if they don't find their 'forever home' together

Six-year-old Bryan, four-year-old Rachel and baby Shaun are a "ready-made family" and are desperate to stay together as they seek an adoptive home

Bryan and Rachel jump into the car after school to be greeted by their baby brother Shaun who has been waiting patiently for their return.

The three of them sing along to their favourite songs on the radio on the drive home before they head off to their swimming lessons.

It is a happy family routine that parents across the land will recognise. Except the three gorgeous siblings don’t live with their birth parents.

Since February they have lived with devoted foster carers Michelle and her husband Gary who have spent months rebuilding the children’s confidence and giving them the happy, stable home they so desperately need.

The siblings all adore each other and it is vital that they find an adoptive family who is willing to take them home as a group. But finding adoptive parents who want to take on more than one child is tough.

So we have been allowed to share their story as part of National Adoption Week in the hope of finding Bryan, Rachel and Shaun the perfect family so they can stay together forever.

Six-year-old Bryan was used to caring for his siblings 

Foster mum Michelle, 47, says: “They are a lovely ready made family for somebody. It would be heartbreaking if they don’t stay together. They are very, very close to each other. Sometimes you can just hear all three of them laughing their heads off together which is so wonderful.”

The happy, confident kids are very different to how they were when they arrived at Michelle’s home eight months ago.

Bryan and Rachel were very subdued and so attached to each other they wouldn’t let each other out of their sights. Heartbreakingly Michelle explains: “Bryan was very much the carer, which he had been at home, so he struggled a little bit to let go of that responsibility.

But they are out of their shells now. They make us laugh so much. They put on little shows and we all have to sit there and watch and clap for them.”

Whilst the siblings are very close, they all have their own different personalities and favourite things.

Bryan, six, loves swimming and football and has told Michelle he wants a forever family who will play football with him in the garden.

She says: “Bryan is very much a people pleaser, he goes out of his way to please people and he really loves praise. He might seem outwardly confident, but he is quite a quiet little boy. He is doing brilliantly at school, he is an excellent scholar and a fantastic reader.

“He just loves to learn and spends a lot of time writing. He loves to write rules for us all so we have lists of rules all over the house that Bryan has written for us. He will write “After you have been to the toilet you must wash your hands.”

“Even if he is just copying out of books, he just loves to sit at the table and write. He always dedicates his writing to somebody so he will put ‘To Michelle, I love you from Bryan.’”

Four-year-old Rachel is in reception class at school, which she loves, and is just starting to learn to read.

She craves affection and can usually be found snuggled up on the sofa.

Four-year-old Rachel craves affection and can usually be found snuggled up on the sofa 

“Rachel is super-loving,” says Michelle. “She actively seeks out affection. She is always slipping her hand into yours, she will always snuggle up to you on the couch. If she had her way she would be a proper couch potato. But she loves swimming too and got her first badge last night.

“She is quite imaginative and she loves getting all the stuff out of the toy box and making up little games or dressing up.”

Baby Shaun is 14-months-old and into everything, making sure he keeps Michelle on his toes.

She explains: “Shaun is a fiercely independent little man and he’s been walking since he was 11 months. He is very loving and cuddly now, but he hates being restricted in anyway.

“If you put him in his high chair you have just got time to feed him then he wants to be out. He loves wandering around and poking his nose into things. He is really inquisitive, he is a lovely little boy.”

All three of the children are full of life.

Baby Shaun is 14-months-old and into everything 

Michelle, who has been fostering for 17 years, has undoubtedly grown attached to the children but she knows the best thing for them is to find their own family who will shower them with all the love and attention they need.

She says: “The children have been told that we are looking for their forever family. Bryan is quite excited at the prospect of getting a new family.

Rachel is quite upset, she says she wants to stay here with me and Gary. Obviously there will be a transitional period, but that is only to be expected.

“They are so different now to when they came to us. We go out for meals, we go to the theatre, the cinema and we can take them anywhere. They are really well-behaved.

The adorable trio are "very well-behaved"

“I think they need a two parent family who are younger than us. They need people who are going to do all the normal kiddy things with them. Bryan should be in a football team and Rachel should be going dancing – doing all the stuff they are doing here and establishing it for life.

“I know it is difficult to place a sibling group, especially a trio. But they are amazing kids – so much of the hard work has been done. They just want to please, and they are so happy and funny.”

The children have all settled into a great routine with Michelle – after school it is tea, clubs, homework, bath-time and a bedtime story.

“They all love the Gruffalo and Michelle loves cuddling up whilst we are reading together,” says Michelle fondly. “It can be like a military operation in this house sometimes, but children get stability from routine and they all adapted brilliantly and sleep through the night.

“It is so important for them to find the right family and I think this is their best shot.”

Can you help make kids kids' lives better?

By Robert Goodwill, Minister for Children and Families

Robert Goodwill says adoption can provide an answer

Although my three children have now all left home, they continue to enrich my life.

So I can’t help but compare their upbringing with youngsters who don’t have families of their own.

Adoption can provide an answer... and the drive to find parents for some of our most vulnerable children is at the heart of this year’s National Adoption Week.

Posted by Anonymous on Oct. 20, 2017 at 12:44 AM
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by Anonymous 2 on Oct. 20, 2017 at 1:19 AM

I'll take Shaun

by Anonymous 3 on Oct. 20, 2017 at 1:23 AM
They are adorable
by Anonymous 4 on Oct. 20, 2017 at 10:25 AM
They are so precious.
by Platinum Member on Oct. 20, 2017 at 10:38 AM

They are adorable.  That being said, it's tough keeping siblings together.  I say this as a foster parent in the US.

by Silver Member on Oct. 20, 2017 at 11:03 AM

They are adorable. I do hope they find a family willing and able to keep them together.

by Platinum Member on Oct. 20, 2017 at 11:56 AM
They're adorable and I hope they get a forever home together. They shouldn't ever be separated.
I wished I wasn't injured, and older. I would consider taking them all into my family.
They're beautiful children. My hope for them is a loving forever Family.
God Bless them.
by Anonymous 5 on Oct. 20, 2017 at 11:59 AM
I want them
by Anonymous 6 on Oct. 20, 2017 at 12:02 PM
If I didn't have four kids of my own, I'd seriously look into it. They're so sweet looking and deserve a good home.
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