Wirral couple offer advice during LGBT+ Adoption and Fostering Week

This week is LGBT+ Adoption and Fostering week. It’s a week to celebrate those who have gone through the process and to raise awareness for those wanting to adopt or foster. 

Adoption in Merseyside (AiM) has approved 31 people to adopt from the LGBT+ community since merging over five years ago. 

The Head of Service for AiM, Kath Descher said, “We welcome a range of people to come and apply to adopt. It doesn’t matter about your sexual orientation or gender, if you can offer a loving and safe home to a child, we want to hear from you.”

Many people think they can’t adopt due to their circumstances or background, however, this isn’t necessarily the case.

There are currently 55 children in Merseyside waiting for a family and there is currently no waiting list to be matched, making the process quicker and more efficient compared to some other agencies. 

Matt and Joe adopted their sons and are now a family of four. They said, “We’ve done lots of research around adoption and the process was very reflective and informative. Nothing prepares you for the reality of parenthood, but the process provided lots of training which we still use today.

“The process can be intense but knowing that our children trust us and feel safe is what being a family is about. Being a parent comes with challenges, but we wouldn’t change it for anything. I would advise anyone thinking of adopting to do their research and attend an information session.”

If you want to find out more information about adopting, visit www.adoptioninmerseyside.co.uk

If fostering is something you’re interested in the dedicated team at Wirral Council helps to match children who need loving, local foster homes with local people who can provide this support.

It’s a myth that you can’t foster if you’re LGBTQ+. All that matters if that you can provide a safe, secure, and caring environment for a child. 

Councillor Sue Powell-Wilde, Chair of Children, Young People and Education Committee, said, ‘We encourage anyone who has been thinking about fostering or adoption to apply or simply get in touch to find out more. Our teams are ready to support you throughout the process.’

Visit wirralfostering.org  or give the team a call on 0151 666 4616.

Fostering with your local council means all money is spent on front line services, and the child is more likely to be able to stay close to their school, friends, and family networks.

Image: Adopters, Joe and Matt

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