The adoption journey is a process which can lead to a fulfilling and happy life for you and your future family; it can be challenging, but is incredibly fulfilling. Lots of our adoptive parents tell us that adoption is the best thing they have ever done, as well as being challenging and life changing for them and their adopted children. Adoption is a very important decision and together we can help you to find out if it is the right decision for you.
These steps below will guide you through a generic adoption process.
- Make an enquiry
If you are thinking about adopting, we would suggest you research adoption, read adoption stories and talk to people about adoption – this will help you decide if it is right for you. Enquire about adoption with us, we can then send you our information pack and invite you to join us at one of our adoption information event events. Once we have received your enquiry and reply slip stating you wish to proceed, we will be in touch with you to discuss an initial visit.
- Initial Visit
An initial visit gives you the opportunity to have a more in-depth discussion with the adoption social worker. This gives you the opportunity to talk in private and ask any questions regarding the assessment process you may have. The social worker will indicate during this visit whether you are eligible to go forward to Stage One of the assessment. A registration of interest form will be sent to you after the visit which once accepted will start the process of you adoption assessment.
- Stage One
During Stage One you will be asked to complete some learning and extra reading as well as a four day preparation training session. This is designed to develop your awareness of adoption and encourage you to explore adoption further. During this time you will be allocated a social worker who will request the necessary checks and references and support you in your learning and development. This stage will usually take around two months.
- Stage Two
Stage Two usually takes around four months to complete. In this time there will be two more training days to further your learning and to cover topics such as matching and introductions. There is also another day of training for family members to attend so they can understand their role in being related by adoption.
You will have regular assessment sessions with your allocated social worker, who will complete a report for our Adoption Panel around your suitability to become an adoptive parent during this time. Once the report is completed by your allocated social worker you will be asked to attend our Adoption Panel. At the Adoption Panel a recommendation will be made about your suitability to adopt. This recommendation is then considered by the Agency Decision Maker (ADM).
Once in Stage Two of the adoption process we are likely to begin Family Finding and begin to identify children whose needs you can meet. Once approved, we will begin The Matching Process click here to find out more about what happens next.