If you want to adopt – you’ll love Lambeth! (Lambeth Council)

To celebrate Adoption Week – 15-22 October- Lambeth Council invites residents who are considering adoption to find out more at a series of informal events.

Lambeth adopters will be on hand to describe their own experiences and share tips.

The two open events – one evening session on Tuesday 16 October from 6 to 8pm, and one day time session on Thursday 18 October from 2pm to 4pm – will take place in the Mayor’s Parlour at Lambeth Town Hall in Brixton.

Refreshments are provided, so please register at www.lambeth.gov.uk/adoptionweek so we know how many to cater for.

Lambeth’s Adoption Service is a professional and friendly team and welcomes adopters from all backgrounds. There’s no upper age limit and you don’t have to live in Lambeth to adopt with us.

Deputy Leader of the Council (Children and Young People), Cllr Jenifer Brathwaite, said:

‘Children waiting for adoption in Lambeth come from a diverse range of backgrounds – but they all share the same need – to find a loving and stable home.

 

‘Adoption is a significant decision and one that takes a lot of patience, determination and commitment. This will be a fantastic opportunity for you to hear from people who have been through the adoption process, and have a face-to-face chat with a specialist social worker from the adoption team.’

 

We urgently need adopters for all kinds of children, including babies, young children, and brother and sister groups.

We also need people to take part in our Fostering to Adopt service. Fostering to Adopt is a different way to adopt children whilst decisions are made about how they will be permanently cared for. Adopters who foster first give these children greater continuity and security should the court decide adoption is the best decision. People who Foster to Adopt are resilient and able to put a child’s needs before their own as there is a possibility the child will return to their birth family.

If you miss the event you can also call 020 7926 8710 or email adoptionduty@lambeth.gov.uk to speak to a member of the team.

 


Julie and Rebecca

Teachers Julie and Rebecca decided they were ready to start a family and were matched with a thee-year-old girl and four-year-old boy of mixed Irish and Caribbean heritage.

Julie explains:

‘We’ve never felt being a same-sex couple was a barrier. Every member of staff at Lambeth has been very open and accepting – and through events, we’ve met such diverse adopters, including lots of other same-sex couples. We’ve built up a good network because of this.’

Initially they had wanted to care for one child but were asked to think about a brother and sister.

‘We hadn’t set out to have two children but they were good match and we thought ‘why not?’

Rebecca talks about the benefits of choosing Lambeth:

‘We had lots of valuable training and the staff were always very helpful. The process had its ups and downs. We very nearly gave up, but glad we didn’t.

‘The support we’ve had post-adoption has been fantastic. We have a social worker we feel we can contact and trust and she’s been very proactive. It’s important to know that there is support from Lambeth afterwards.’

When asked about their feelings about being adopters, Julie remarks:

‘We feel so very proud of our children. Our lives have been transformed, and turned upside down, but enhanced by the experiences we’ve had. It’s been a lot of hard work – we’ve had to learn a lot about the issues with adoptive children and get lots of support from our social worker, the school and counselling services along the way.’

Rebecca adds:

‘We’re both teachers so felt we would be prepared. But nothing can really prepare you for becoming a parent – and being an adopter is like parenting plus! We’d recommend to anyone thinking about adopting to talk to others who have adopted, get as much support in place as early as possible – don’t do it alone.’

 


 

Published in Meet the agencies on October 12, 2018