A week to remember?

If you have ever thought about long-term fostering or adopting a child, now is the perfect time to find out more.

Merton Council is putting on two events to support National Adoption Week, which gets underway on November 1 and aims to help find homes for the thousands of children nationwide whose dream it is to have a loving family around them.

Firstly an information and recruitment day will be taking place on Friday November 5 between 10am and 4pm at the Civic Centre, London Road Morden to help answer any questions you may have around the subject.

And if a weekday is not suitable, a further information and recruitment event will also be held at the popular Merton Abbey Mills market in Colliers Wood on Sunday November 7 between 10am and 5pm.

Steven Butcher Adoption and Permanency Manager said ‘Adoption and long-term fostering at Merton is not about just finding families for ‘perfect’ new born babies, the children we are seeking placement for are White UK between 6-12 years old, siblings, Dual heritage babies and children have some learning difficulties. We don’t just need to recruit, we need to increase the choice of long-term foster carers and adoptive parents we have available to us, so that we can match our children to suitable families who will be able to help improve the children’s sense of cultural belonging and identity.

One in five children waiting for adoption do not receive a single enquiry from a family interested in adopting them, according to a study conducted by the leading adoption charity BAAF (The British Association for Adoption and Fostering.)

Even if you are unable to help directly, please spread the word to your colleagues, friends and family and by encouraging anyone you know who may have considered or is currently considering adoption or long-term fostering to pop along to one of the Information events or to call Candice Harper on 0208 5454 841.

Notes to editors:
National Adoption Week is organised by the British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF), the UK’s leading adoption and fostering charity. To help answer your questions, BAAF will be running dedicated help-lines: 020 7593 2060 – 020 7593 2061 – 020 7593 2062

Matt Rickard
PR & Press Officer
020 8545 3483