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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.