Support for Adopted Families
Parenting is undoubtedly a wonderful experience but on occasions it can present a number of challenges and difficulties. Parenting an adopted child can sometimes bring particular difficulties, and here in Staffordshire we recognise and understand this and to help we provide an adoption support service.
As adoptive parents you may find you need advice and support at different stages of your child’s development - from their early years through to adolescence and into adulthood. We are on hand to offer you and your child/ren ongoing help, advice and support whenever you need it.
The variety and amount of practical, social and emotional support we offer is tailored to yours and your child’s individual needs – our adoptive parents tell us that’s what makes us different. Every adopter is entitled to advice about these services and to an assessment of their adoption support needs.
For some people, this could be simple advice and information over the phone. On other occasions, the team provides more intensive support, working closely with families and visiting them in their homes.
We operate an Adoption Support Duty Service on:
Tuesday 9am—1pm, Wednesday 1pm—5pm and Thursday 9am—1pm.
Telephone: 0345 3300 401
We provide help and support in a varity of ways such as:
- Counselling, information and advice
- Help with behavioural, attachment and other problems
- Help with contact between an adopted child and his or her birth family
- A four day training course for adoptive parents (adoption preparation training)
- Adopt training for adopters
- Mentoring Meetings and other social events for adopted children and families
- Family events throughout the year
- Monthly toddler groups
- Informal adopter groups
- Monthly adopter groups
- Quarterly newsletter detailing developments, events and training opportunities
- Adopted children’s forum
SUSTAIN (A Specialist Therapeutic Service)
Sustain work with Staffordshire to provide theruputic support to our adopters, adopted children and looked after children. An adoption support assessment is carried out to determine the level (if any) of support that is required. This assessment is undertaken by the adoption support team.
The Adoption Passport
- paid adoption leave at similar rates to maternity and paternity leave
- priority access to social housing, and access to additional support to cover a spare room whilst adopters wait for their child to arrive in their new home
- priority admission for school places, including academies and free schools
- a range of adoption support services, including access to counselling, information and advice for both adoptive parents and their children, who may have complex needs
The First4adoption website has details of the 'adoption passport' a support guide for adopters