test_contentimg

Which local authority in South East London??

Report content

Hi everyone! My husband and I are about to kick off the adoption process. We live in Lewisham borough and are not sure which local authority to go with. We have been to an information meeting in Greenwich (great feeling with the 3 ladies who were running the session!) and going to another one in Lewisham in January. We are also considering Bromley. We want to see which local authority we will feel more comfortable with, but we have also been advised that the location of the birth parents is an important criteria when choosing a local authority. Would anyone have any feedback/comment on any of these 3 local authorities? Also any advice on how to make a decision would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for reading me and I look forward to hearing from you.


up
Be the first user to support this

Have you also considered voluntary agencies such as Coram or Family Futures (and there are others) ? Or a North / East / West London L.A.? My son was placed from several counties away and I'm glad about that. I'd be quizzing them all about post adoption support - what is there and how easy it is to access it.

Good luck!


up
2 users have supported this.

Thank you Scafell. My husband and I went to an information meeting with Coram last year and didn't have a good feeling but we might give it another go!


up
1 user has supported this.

I don’t come on here often but in my experience lewisham are fantastic. Have dealt with a number of LA’s and an agency during our journey and Lewisham were amazing compared to the others.


I guess you need to speak to them about location to see if they would be able to place with you though


up
Be the first user to support this

I chose a LA over agency because I knew I wanted a young baby and had a better chance from a LA. Just wanted to say- I purposely chose an LA about 20 miles from my home. It was a strategic decision because I also knew it would be advantageous should the child come with risks attached and be unable to be placed in their LA. Highly recommend it!


up
1 user has supported this.

These are all very good points. Thank you all! Much much appreciated


up
Be the first user to support this

Diagrama VA were great for me.


up
Be the first user to support this

Hi,


Just a quick update to let you know that we've decided to go with Diagrama. We met them last week and we just loved them. They are so warm, welcoming and insightful that we felt completely relaxed.


Can't wait to be January to start the process.


up
1 user has supported this.

You met me then as I was one of the adopters who spoke!


up
1 user has supported this.

Really? It was really nice to meet you! I was the one annoying everyone with my questions (!!)


up
Be the first user to support this

I was the single adopter. Hope you have a good journey with diagrama. They were great for me. Feel free to ask any questions. Pm me if you wish.


up
1 user has supported this.

Hi, you should change your user name so you can't be identified.


up
1 user has supported this.

This is not my real name


up
2 users have supported this.

This snapshot of Annie Frish’s life was captured by the 1940 U.S. Census.

Annie Frish was born about 1921. On April 1, 1940, she was 19 years old and lived in Haynesville, Maine


lol


up
1 user has supported this.

When it comes to considering matches, having some distance between you and the birth family is often preferable. There’s several reasons why. Firstly if they’re local you could bump into them or someone connected to them and they may well recognise your child, putting things in jeopardy. If they’re local and in social housing they might get moved relatively close by and you might not necessarily be informed. Thirdly when your child is older and get cheesed off with eg having to eat dinner then they can go on fb and connect with bf super quick and they’re only a bus ride away. With a distance to cover, this is less likely


up
1 user has supported this.