Merton appeals for more LGBT adopters

Merton is calling for more adopters from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community to come forward. 

As part of this year’s LGBT adoption and fostering week 3-9 March 2014, Merton will be having an information evening where prospective adopters can visit and speak to social workers about the adoption process. The event will take place Monday 3 March, 6pm – 8pm in the Committee Rooms at the Civic Centre, Morden.

Adoption is a way of providing a permanent family for a child. Merton is looking for prospective adopters who are able to provide unconditional love, support and stability helping children grown into strong, grounded individuals. 

John-Phillipe and Alberto from Norwood have recently been approved by Merton to be adopters and are currently waiting to be matched to a child. They met with Merton’s adoption service at the New Family Social LGBT adoption and fostering  event during last year’s LGBT adoption and fostering week and this proved to be the starting point of an exciting journey.

John-Phillipe said: “We have always wanted to adopt but did not know where to start. Luckily, during an event last year we met staff from Merton’s adoption team who gave us encouraging advice. After an appointment with them we began going through the process of approval and the staff were helpful every step of the way. Recently we were approved to become parents and can’t wait to start our family.”

Merton’s cabinet member for children’s services, Councillor Maxi Martin said: “We have demonstrated a commitment of assessing adopters from a wide range of backgrounds. In Merton we would like to see more adopters from the LGBT community who can provide a safe and stable environment for children in the borough. Anybody wanting to adopt will be supported throughout the entire process and once they have been paired with a child.”

Notes to editor

To speak to John-Phillipe contact Merton Press Office on 020 545 4093