The first point of contact is usually by email or telephone to the Family Placement Team on 0303 123 1008 or email email@example.com or you can request to have an information pack sent to you.
When we receive your enquiry form a Social Worker will get in touch with you to arrange a home visit. We will discuss your current circumstances and your motivation to adopt and any questions you may have to help you decide if you wish to take your enquiry further. The next step is to attend the preparatory groups.
Prior to making a formal application, you will be invited to attend preparatory groups. The purpose of the groups is to develop your understanding of the needs of children requiring adoption and assist you to consider whether you would be able to parent a child with these needs.
Preparatory groups are held throughout the year and are facilitated by Social Workers from the Family Placement Team. There is also usually input from a medical adviser, origins counsellor and an adoptive parent.
Following your attendance at preparatory groups, we hope you will be able to make an informed decision as to whether you wish to make an application to be assessed as an adoptive parent.