Parent of adopted siblings on need for agency support
21 October 2013 Last updated at 09:13 BST
Parents considering adoption are to be given extra help if they look after children who are older, have siblings or come from difficult circumstances, as part of a scheme being run by adoption agencies.
One adoptive parent has spoken of the support she received while going through the process.
BBC Breakfast spoke to Heather Dickinson, a mother who adopted siblings, and Norman Goodwin from Adoption Matters Northwest.