LGBTQ+ Adoption and Fostering Week returns from 6 to 12 March 2023, and Knowsley Council – as part of the regional adoption agency for Merseyside- is helping dispel any myths that gender or sexual orientation could prevent potential adopters from giving a child or sibling group a loving, forever home.
With record numbers of looked-after children across the UK, there’s never been greater need for more LGBTQ+ people to consider adoption or fostering.
Kathryn and Lisa started their adoption journey with Adoption in Merseyside (AiM) after deciding they wanted to become parents.
Having recently completed IVF, the couple were asked to take a period of time before embarking on the next stage of their journey with AiM.
‘The process was very thorough, and we had lots of support throughout our adoption journey. The training course was interesting, and it made us reflect on our own childhoods, our relationships, and how we would parent in the future’.
‘The process took just over 12 months, and we now have a beautiful little boy. We adore our little family and even after the adoption process we are know we are still able to get support if needed.’
AiM recruits adopters for local authorities in Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral and provides a full adoption service.
Cllr Margaret Harvey, Knowsley Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:
“I’d encourage any members of the LGBTQ+ community thinking about building a family to reach out to Adoption in Merseyside.
“We need loving homes for all our children and we’re particularly keen to hear from people who would consider adopting siblings. Keeping brothers and sisters together maintains what is likely to be the most constant relationship throughout their lives and will provide them with an important sense of identity as they grow older.”
Elaine Jamieson, AiM Recruitment and Assessment Manager, said:
‘We are extremely proud of the diverse range of people that choose to adopt with AiM. We understand adopting a child can be challenging which is why we offer free membership to New Family Social – the UK’s charity led by and for LGBTQ+ adopters and foster carers. We know the extra support will help our LGBTQ+ families thrive.”
Want to find out more?
Register for AiM’s online information webinar on Saturday 4 March at 10.30am, Tuesday 21 March or Tuesday 18 April at 6pm where you’ll be able to find out more about adoption from the friendly team. You will also hear from an adopter who will share their story and answer any of your questions.
If you feel like you could provide a loving home, visit www.adoptioninmerseyside.co.uk and request an information pack.