Make adopting a child your New Year’s resolution

Merton Council has a New Year’s challenge for would-be mums and dads – have you ever thought of adopting or fostering a child?

Christmas and New Year are among the busiest times for the council’s adoption and fostering teams. While many families enjoy the holiday period, the festivities can be difficult for some parents who are sadly unable to deal with all the pressures of family life.

As a result, some children come into the care of the council, which is always on the look out for suitable people able to foster or adopt a young person and give them the care he or she needs. Could you take a child into your home and make a real difference to their lives?

Pam Galliers recently received an MBE from the Queen for her fostering work. In a period spanning 42 years, she fostered 133 children from birth up to 12, including children with challenging behaviour, learning difficulties and a child with autism. She still keeps in touch with many of the children she fostered and is even godmother to one of them.

Pam said: “I recommend that anyone who is in a position to do so considers fostering or adoption. You really do make a difference to a young person’s life. It is hard work and you need a sense of humour but giving children a loving home and watching them blossom is immensely rewarding. “

Merton Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, Councillor Debbie Shears said: “The best place for a child to grow and mature is in a loving family environment and we try to provide this for all our children in the borough.

“However, we need the support of residents who are willing and able to care for young people, to help us. Unfortunately not all children can get the love and care they need in their own homes but adopting or fostering a young person can be extremely rewarding and make all the difference to a child’s life.”

For more information about fostering and adoption go to http://www.merton.gov.uk/adoptionandfostering. To find out more about adoption call 020 8545 4688 or for more details on fostering call 020 8545 4277.

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