Council launches appeal to transform lives of three young boys

Merton Council is making a nationwide appeal for adoptive parents who could transform the lives of three Black Caribbean siblings by giving them a chance to grow up together in a loving home.

The council has been in search of a permanent home for the brothers Michael (3), Kelvin (2) and Oliver (5), since they were taken into foster care in May 2007 following periods of neglect. But with little success in finding a suitable home, concerns are growing that the three boys might need to be separated in order to find permanent homes.

Councillor Debbie Shears, cabinet member for children’s services at Merton Council says: “It’s always more difficult finding adoptive parents that are willing to take on two or more children at once, especially as the children get older. However, for the boys to have to be separated in order to find them permanent homes would be devastating.

“We’re very keen to keep the boys together as a family unit and we are doing everything we can to ensure this happens.

“The council is appealing to potential adoptive parents, and especially those where the boys will have frequent contact with a strong male role model, to consider helping to change the lives of these boys for the better.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about adopting Michael, Kelvin and Oliver can email or phone 020 8545 4349.

Notes to editors:

The foster carer for Michael, Kelvin and Oliver describes all three boys as lovable, affectionate, sociable and happy little boys who have integrated well into the foster carer’s extended family.

High res photos are available on request.