Thank you so much for your honesty Mrs Fluffy Cat.
You are truly amazing in what you are doing and continue to do for your Children.
Hubby and i are considering siblings but this was based on first hand experience of friends who adopted siblings when they were 3 - they are now 8 and are absolutely adorable, well adjusted kids who are thriving on the love and security the are receiving.
However you have opened our eyes to the fact that our friends situation is indeed very unusual:
1. the siblings are twins.
2. The mother voluntarily gave up the twins (a joint decision she made with her own mother) due to mental health issues. Therefore there was little or no apparent trauma to the twins in terms of neglect, drug or alcohol misuse etc.
We now realise that neither of the above scenario 1 or 2 is likely to be the norm and that the situation you describe is the more likely reality.
After reading your post i spoke to a Foster carer friend of mine who years ago had fostered siblings (4 year difference) on a long term basis. I recall that there was some issue that led to the LA eventually splitting the siblings up temporarily and that the remaining sibling had positively blossomed and thrived after her older brother had been placed elsewhere. I witnessed this first hand as i spent a lot of time with the family.
I didn't really understand what i had witnessed until reading your post and my friend made a similar assessment to your own in terms of the challenges of our adopting siblings.
Hubby and i will most certainly look deeper into this as i think we had on rose tinted glasses based on our own limited experiences. This is why forums like this are so valuable in getting first hand accounts from those who have walked the walk....
Thank you once again for sharing your truth as lovingly and openly as you did x