Merton, Sutton and Kingston link up to find more families for looked-after children

Merton Council has linked up with neighbouring boroughs Sutton and Kingston in a new alliance aimed at making more families and permanent homes available to the borough’s looked after children.

The newly formed South West London Adoption Consortium is a first for the boroughs involved who will pool resources on advertising and recruiting potential adopters.

Cabinet Member Primary Education and Children’s Services Councillor Maxi Martin said: “In making this and other arrangements Merton has more than trebled the amount of adopters available to its looked after children. This now gives us the opportunity to prevent children in care drifting in temporary placements providing these children with families and homes for life”.

National adoption standards were launched by the Department of Health in August 2001 to encourage more people to adopt, increase the number of children in care who are adopted and speed up the process of adoption.

The new consortium particularly seeks families who are interested in adopting children over four years old, children with disabilities and sibling groups. They will consider potential adoptive parents from every walk of life and ethnic background – single, married or in a long term relationship; male or female, gay or lesbian, aged from 21 upwards. Training and ongoing support is given.

For more information about Merton’s Adoption & Fostering Service call 020 8545 4277