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Meet the adopters this National Adoption Week

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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 in the Merton Civic Centre 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, young children and babies with uncertainty about their health and development, 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.”

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

For information about adoption in Merton see the webpages.

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