Adop­tivep VAL­UES

IF YOU ARE THINK­ING OF ADOPT­ING, THE LON­DON BOR­OUGH OF WANDSWORTH PAR­TIC­U­LARLY WEL­COMES AP­PLI­CA­TIONS FROM LGBT PEO­PLE

Pride Life Magazine - - SPONSORED FEATURE -

COULD YOU BE THE ADOPTERS THAT WANDSWORTH ARE LOOK­ING FOR? We have a par­tic­u­lar re­spon­si­bil­ity for a num­ber of chil­dren in Wandsworth for whom we are seek­ing a lov­ing per­ma­nent fam­ily, and right now we are look­ing for adop­tive fam­i­lies. Some of th­ese chil­dren are older, some are sib­lings who need to be placed to­gether for­ever, and some are very young chil­dren who have phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally com­plex needs and un­cer­tain fu­tures. We ap­pre­ci­ate that not ev­ery­one feels that they have the ca­pac­ity to meet some of th­ese chil­dren’s needs, but part of our task is to chal­lenge you to think more widely — to push your own lim­its and be­liefs about the kind of child that you could man­age and love.

We are an in­clu­sive adop­tion ser­vice, and are in­ter­ested in hear­ing from peo­ple who are able to meet the needs of our chil­dren. We par­tic­u­larly wel­come ap­pli­ca­tions from peo­ple from the les­bian, bi­sex­ual, gay and trans­gen­der com­mu­ni­ties. But, don’t just take our word for it, please read on for two cou­ples’ ex­pe­ri­ences. ADOP­TION WITH WANDSWORTH We came to Wandsworth af­ter re­view­ing the adop­tion process in sev­eral lo­cal au­thor­i­ties; ask­ing friends who have al­ready adopted; read­ing adop­tion mag­a­zines; and, fi­nally, by look­ing at the per­for­mance gen­er­ally of the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties in ques­tion. It quickly be­came clear that Wandsworth stood out as a model of ef­fi­ciency and good man­age­ment. We felt that this would re­sult in a good over­all adop­tion ex­pe­ri­ence.

We were very happy to have our choice proven right very quickly; Wandsworth were able to deal with our ap­pli­ca­tion in an ef­fec­tive and re­spon­sive way from the very start. We dealt with the same peo­ple right the way through our ap­pli­ca­tion and were able to con­tact them quickly when nec­es­sary.

Once the ini­tial as­sess­ments were fin­ished we were signed up for an in­duc­tion group. The in­duc­tion course was very well put to­gether with a num­ber of pre­sen­ta­tions, group ac­tiv­i­ties and op­por­tu­ni­ties to share our ex­pe­ri­ences with other mem­bers of our group. My part­ner and I felt that we had some in­sights that were valu­able and we cer­tainly picked up use­ful skills and re­sources from other mem­bers of the group and also from the co­or­di­nat­ing so­cial work­ers. We found that the course was aimed at get­ting par­tic­i­pants to think about what might hap­pen dur­ing the adop­tion process, how we might con­duct adop­tion searches, how match­ing took place, even­tual place­ment and its im­me­di­ate chal­lenges and then the af­ter­math of the

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