Adopters share their experiences to mark National Adoption Week

People interested in adopting a child will have a chance to meet adoptive parents at an event during National Adoption Week.

The adopters will be sharing their experiences with prospective adoptive parents and answering their questions about the adoption application and approval process, how children are matched to adoptive parents and about family life with their adopted child.

The event will be held at Merton Civic Centre in London Road, Morden, on Wednesday 18 October from 3pm-8pm. This will be in the middle of National Adoption Week, which aims to raise awareness of adoption and encourage prospective new adoption parents to come forward.

In Merton, new adopters are needed for children over the age of three, siblings who need to stay together and there is always a shortage of adopters from ethnic minority backgrounds.

Merton Council’s adoption service performance was rated Outstanding by Ofsted, following an inspection in July. Children’s Services was given an overall Good rating, making it one of the top performing local authorities in the country. Inspectors wrote in their report: “Adopters spoke consistently of the excellent quality and timeliness of matching and placement.”

Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Katy Neep, said: “Our adoption team has been rated Outstanding by Ofsted, which is testament to their hard work and dedication in supporting our young people and families throughout their adoption journey.

“It is always very inspiring to hear from our families about their experiences of adoption and we hope that anyone interested in becoming an adoptive parent will come along to find out more.”

For more information about adoption, to book your place at the Meet the Adopters event on 18 October or to attend one of the Adoption Information Meetings to hear from social workers about the assessment process, eligibility criteria and the types of children waiting visit: www.southwestlondonadoption.org.uk, call 020 8545 4688 or email: adoption@merton.gov.uk