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Matt and Joe and their adopted children

LGBTQ+ Adoption & Fostering Week 2024

by Laura Johnston

LGBTQ+ Adoption and Fostering Week returns from 4 to 10 March 2024, and Knowsley Council – as part of the regional adoption agency for Merseyside- is sharing Matt and Joe’s story.

The couple had been together 10 years and had lots of conversations and discussion about becoming parents. After doing some research, they decided to attend an information session and start their adoption journey with Adoption in Merseyside (AiM).

Matt said:

“It was a quicker process than I expected. It was intense and tiring at times, but it felt right. The different stages are very reflective, and the training helped prepare us for some of the challenges ahead.”

Joe added:

“Our social workers were brilliant; we formed such a great relationship and it felt strange when it came to an end. The best part of the process was being approved; this was the moment I believed that we were going to become parents.”

“Being matched with our son was an exciting time – shortly after, he started the transition into our home from his foster carers.

“The bonding experience took longer than expected. We were told we couldn’t put a time on that and every child bonds and attaches differently. The relationship we built up with our son’s foster carers was key, and the advice they gave during that period was invaluable.

“What really made us feel like a family was all the little things and enjoying moments of connection with our son – the challenges of shopping with toddlers, being allowed to park in the parent-child bay, the daily routines of family life, and our son calling us Daddy Joe and Daddy Matt.

Joe explains how they went from a family of three to a family of four:

“Out of the blue, our social worker contacted us to let us know that a sibling had been born and to ask if we would wanted to adopt again. We were in a good place and decided to go ahead with the second adoption. It was an easy decision as we couldn’t imagine the brothers being separated.

“We felt a lot more at ease the second time around especially as we already had experience of the early years.

“Our lives have changed for the better. Family life is hectic but great fun.”

AiM recruits adopters for local authorities in Knowsley, Liverpool, Sefton and Wirral and and is keen to dispel any myths that gender or sexual orientation could prevent potential adopters from giving a child or sibling group a loving, forever home.

It has approved 31 people to adopt from the LGBT+ community since forming over five years ago.

Want to find out more?

Register for AiM’s next online information session on Tuesday 12 March 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.