In LGBT+ Fostering and Adoption Week, the regional adoption agency Adoption in Merseyside (AiM) are looking for more adopters from the LGBT+ Community including single adopters and couples.
The number of children looked after in England rose by 4 percent to 78,150 at 31 March 2019, however the number of adopters have decreased.
Jenny Ness, Head of Service at AiM, said: ‘AiM are keen to recruit a wide range of prospective adopters and welcome all expressions of interest.
“We welcome those from a range of backgrounds to adopt including single applicants, applicants from different cultural and religious backgrounds and those who are heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.”
Chris and Phil changed their lifestyle to ensure they were ready for the next chapter in their life, they decided to find a house with more bedrooms so they had plenty of space before they started their adoption journey.
They attended an information session and Chris said: “We didn’t originally plan to adopt a child with developmental delays, but every child deserves a chance and when we met our son, we knew he was the perfect match. We were well supported by friends, family and the professional team at Adoption in Merseyside (AiM) so we knew we could take on the challenge.”
“We wanted to adopt a second child a few years later after we saw the profile of a lovely red headed boy. We didn’t realise at the time that he had a brother as the original plan was for separation, but knowing we had the skills to care for a child with additional needs already, we couldn’t split the brothers up so we adopted both. This all happened pretty quickly and the siblings were in our home within 12 months. AiM were fantastic as they provided us with additional training and valuable skills to help the boys throughout the process.”
“Our dedicated social worker throughout the whole process was fantastic, we could rely on her for a chat whenever we wanted and the after adoption support we receive is easily available. I would advise anyone wanting to adopt to ensure you have a big support network around you but remember to stay positive as the outcome is worth it.”
As a result of adopting, Chris and Phil are Parent Governors at two schools and volunteer at adoption events.