Your initial enquiry
You begin the process by making your initial enquiry. This could be a telephone call or a letter/email to the Adoption Service expressing your interest in adoption and asking for more details. The Adoption Service will take some basic details and then, within 5 working days, send you an information pack which provides you with information about:
The Adoption Team considers your initial enquiry
Once you have decided you wish to proceed further and have made contact with the the Adoption Agency, the Recruitment officer/Social Worker will then arrange to visit you (within 2 weeks) and have a full discussion about your application, the reasons you want to adopt, your family circumstances etc.
The Recruitment Officer/Adoption Social Worker will give you a Registration of Interest Form (ROI) for you to complete and return if you wish to continue with your application.
Your ROI will be reviewed by a Manager, we will then make a decision about whether or not we proceed to Stage One of the process, and we inform you of this within 10 working days. If for any reason we are unable to accept your application, the reasons will be discussed with you.
If we agree that you will proceed, you will then be allocated an Adoption Social Worker within 2 weeks.
The next steps…
During stage one, we’ll largely be gathering information and carrying out the relevant checks.
During stage two, you’ll go through a programme of mandatory training and assessments to prepare you for adoption. Find out more about what to expect during this process.
Young children, older children, brothers and sisters, children with additional needs. Find out more about the types of children waiting for their lives to change.
If you’re interested in adoption, need additional support, or just want to ask us some questions, we’d love to hear from you.
You can also speak to an adoption worker for an informal chat, and we can then send you an information pack.
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