Merton backs national adoption week

Have you ever thought of adopting a child? Merton Council is backing this year’s National Adoption Week – starting on Monday 09 November – and is offering to help you change a child’s life forever.

The council is especially looking for would-be parents willing to adopt children aged between two and eight years old. These toddlers and older children regularly linger in foster care but they need just as much love and care as babies.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, Councillor Debbie Shears said: “Anyone can adopt. It doesn’t matter if you are married or single or whether you are in employment or not. All that matters is that you want to give a child a happy, loving home.

“Adoption can turn around the lives of children who, for whatever reason, cannot live with their birth parents. It means that instead of growing up in care or constantly moving from one foster carer to another, they can settle permanently with a loving parent or parents and grow up in a caring, stable environment. We are determined to put the needs of those children looking to be adopted first and to help residents who genuinely want to adopt to do so.”

Adults wanting help and advice on adopting a child can contact Merton’s Family Placement Service on 020 8545 4688 or email


Press Contact:
Kim Parker
Communications Officer
London Borough of Merton
020 8545 3827