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Enrich your life by adopting

If you’ve ever considered adopting but thought you might not be suitable, think again.

Today, being married and owning your own home are not what social workers are looking for when they’re finding suitable families for children in need of a loving home.

In fact, in nearby Waltham Forest, 94 per cent of people who apply to adopt are approved and they include same sex couples, single parents and people who rent rather than own their own homes.

David* and James* are two of those parents, and have been together for over 20 years and in a civil partnership for the last seven. They adopted their son Julian* 18 months ago, when he was four.

“It was obviously a life-changing experience adopting Julian,” David said. “At first it was incredibly challenging, but like most things you adapt and get better at it as time goes on and it really has been such an incredibly positive experience for both us and Julian.”

While David and James live in a different part of London, they made the choice to adopt through Waltham Forest Council after developing a good relationship with the Council’s adoption team. And that relationship still stands today, as the adoption team continue to provide what David describes as “light touch” and “helpful” advice.

David admits that the process in the run-up to adopting Julian was “quite rigorous” but now that his son is settled he reflects that it was worth it for the “huge rewards” and gave both he and his partner an insight into their relationship.

Over the next few months Waltham Forest Council is holding a series of adoption open evenings, open to anyone from any borough, who thinks they might be able to offer a loving home to a child.

Cllr Clare Coghill, Waltham Forest Council’s cabinet member for children and young people said: “We want to dispel some of the myths around adoption and show people that a loving home can come in many forms.

“You don’t have to live in Waltham Forest to adopt with us, so we want to hear from people living in surrounding boroughs. Adoption is a fantastic experience for parents and children so if you have ever felt that you could offer love and warmth to a child, whatever your set up, we want to hear from you.”

At each open evening, prospective adopters can hear directly from children and parents about their experiences of the adoption process.

Opening evenings will be held on the following dates:

19 March, 6.15pm, Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road, E17 4JL

8 May, 6.15pm, Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road, E17 4JL

No booking is needed – simply show up to any of these events.

For more information visit www.walthamforest.gov.uk/adopt or call 020 8496 3000.

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