We offer support, advice, information and counselling to people who:
have been adopted
are the parents of adopted children
are the birth relatives of children who have been adopted
adoptive families experiencing difficulties.
Our services are available to people who live in Nottinghamshire, or whose adoption was arranged by Nottinghamshire County Council.
Experienced staff offering tailor made packages
Our dedicated support after adoption team has experienced staff committed to offering tailor made packages of support. We offer a service to any adoptive families who take a Nottinghamshire child for 3 years post order and any adoptive families who live in Nottinghamshire 3 years after the order.
We are able to talk to you about any issues or concerns you may have regarding adoption and will offer you an adoption support assessment whilst linking you up to services that can help. We work with schools, health professionals and others to provide an ongoing structure of support where needed.
Types of support we can offer:
- an out of hours’ advice line staffed by support social workers
- Looking Forward to School; a service to help parents and school understand the additional needs adopted children may have when they first move into formal education. This service is offered within Nottinghamshire, with telephone consultation available to families living outside the county
- Virtual School – education staff liaise with schools to meet the specific needs of looked after children. This service extends to adopted children with the permission of their parents
- Adoption Home is a web based resource offering resources and information to adopters
- Learning and development opportunities held monthly for adopters to attend if they wish. Topics include; Theraplay, welfare rights, health education, attachment, trauma, dealing with Facebook and other contact issues. This is an opportunity for adopters to network.
- Membership of a mailing list including an annual newsletter
- Membership of Adoption UK for a year from approval
- All life story books available at introduction stage
- Later Life Letters within 10 days of celebration hearing
- Social events such as Adopters New Year Party and Summer Picnic
- Youth programme for adopted young people including activity days for adopted youngsters in age groups, most school holidays.
Services available to children and families living in Nottinghamshire
- Family worker to prepare children and families pre-placement and support post placement.
- Social workers and family worker trained in Theraplay and DDP (Dyadic Developmental Practice)
- Access to Specialist Adoption CAMHS Consultation
- PALS (Post Adoption Linkers) a mentoring scheme to support older children and families.
Services available to Nottinghamshire placed children and adults
- Access to your adoption records for 100 years
- Letterbox contact scheme and support for face-to-face contact.
Other sources of support
Adoption UK was founded by adoptive parents to offer support, information, advice and encouragement to prospective and established adopters. website: www.adoptionuk.org
Consortium of Adoption Support Agencies (CASA)
CASA is a group of independent Adoption Support Agencies (ASAs) who are registered under the Adoption and Children Act 2002. They provide support services to all parties affected by adoption or long-term fostering throughout the UK.
We can also offer advice on assessments for adoption support and education and health issues for adopted children.
Our team includes experienced social workers offering support to adopted people and birth relatives who have an adoption connection with Nottinghamshire as well as various support packages for adoptive families experiencing difficulties. Our services are available to people who live in Nottinghamshire, or whose adoption was arranged by Nottinghamshire County Council.
Our July 2014 annual newsletter is filled with articles, news and views.
View the interactive July 2014 newsletter online or download a PDF version.
Contents include articles on reuniting with birth family members, dyadic development, how to become a PALS worker, activity days, social networking and adoption and much more.
We have produced various leaflets that explain support services for adoptive families, adopted adults and birth relatives. Contact us to get copies.
Nottinghamshire Local Authority feels it is important for adopters to understand their income entitlements in order to claim the benefits and credits they are entitled to. This includes Tax Credits, Universal Credit, Child Benefit and disability or work related benefits.
We recognise the complexity of the benefit system and have specialist welfare rights officers to work with:
- Nottinghamshire prospective adoptive parents before and after they are approved.
- All children placed by Nottinghamshire County Council who are living outside the county for three years post order.
- All children who have been adopted for three years or more and are living in Nottinghamshire - regardless of whether they were placed by a different authority.
We can give advice on:
- benefit entitlement and other funding
- help with completing forms
- advice for families who are considering adoption but do not know how their current income might be affected.
Other support can include families who have adopted and wish to check their benefit entitlement, and representation at tribunals if necessary.