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Support for our adopters

You will be supported throughout your adoption journey – whether that’s advice from our experienced professionals, formal training to prepare you for adoption, or through support for your child as they grow up and go to school.

There are a range of support services available to you, as an adoptive parent, and to adopted children. Each Adoption East Midlands organisation can tailor a package of support for you.

The types of support available include:

  • a social worker offering therapeutic parenting advice and a range of other support
  • specialist training and development opportunities
  • help with attachment and behavioural issues
  • education support, advice, signposting to advice on pupil premium (funding) and priority school admissions
  • social activities for you and your family
  • access to an adoption support assessment and links to other services that can help, including applications to the Adoption Support Fund
  • support with the ‘letterbox’ scheme (a written exchange of information between adoptive and birth families, where this is in the best interests of the child)
  • life-story work to help your child understand  their early life
  • signposting to local support groups and other local and national adoption support services.

Contact an Adoption East Midlands organisation to find out more about the adoption support services available to you. Visit the Regional Adoption Agency support page for information on the support they provide.

Supporting birth parents and people who have been adopted

We can also advise on support for birth parents and people who have been adopted. Please get in touch to find out more.

Other sources of information

You can find out more about adoption and other support that is available from national organisations:

  • Adoption UK: offers support to adopters and prospective adopters
  • First4Adoption: a dedicated adoption information service for people interested in adopting a child in England
  • Fostering and Adoption: useful e-learning materials and articles about adoption, from Research in Practice (funded by the Department of Education) 
  • National Association of Therapeutic Parents: support, education and resources for therapeutic parents
  • New Family Social: a self-help membership organisation for LGBT adopters and foster carers
  • People in Harmony: promotes the positive experience of interracial life in Britain and offers support to mixed adoptive families