Mum Angela's Story
The process of adoption can be a complex, emotional rollercoaster ride. Coram’s adoption approach provides support and guidance every step of the way, ensuring a smoother and faster transition for vulnerable children in adoptive families who can give them the care and support they need.
Once deciding to adopt, Angela, a white, single woman, phoned up different local authorities across London. She was repeatedly turned away. She was told that the children in the care system were not the same race and that, as a white adopter, she may not be suitable.
“It wasn’t that I was a single mother looking to adopt, it was because I was white that I wasn’t seen to be suitable.”
After learning about Coram and seeking our services, Angela says that from the first phone call staff were helpful and positive, and progress on adopting seven year old, mixed heritage Jonathon was fast.
“The assessment took about six months. Coram does a home study, where they ask you things about your history, how you were parented, to make sure that your going to be able to provide suitable, loving care as a parent yourself.” Angela explained she felt neither her race, nor status as a single mother, were necessarily seen to be a barrier.
Coram provided support in place before and after the adoption became official. Angela and Jonathon had therapy sessions to deal with the past, present and the future, there was a 12 week parenting course, and the Coram social worker was always just a phone call away.
“I can talk to the Coram social worker about anything and Jonathon has a good relationship with her too.”
Coram’s approach to adoption supported the connection of a young boy to a loving, caring and secure home.