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Adoption support

Support services

We offer support, advice, information and counselling to people who:

Our services are available to people who live in Nottinghamshire, or whose adoption was arranged by Nottinghamshire County Council. 

Support for adoptive families

We offer a service to any adoptive families who live in Nottinghamshire (although for three years after the adoption order the placing authority will have a duty of support) and for three years post order to families outside Nottinghamshire whose child was adopted from Nottinghamshire.Our dedicated Support After Adoption team has experienced staff committed to offering tailor made packages of support.  We also offer a service 3 years post order to adoptive families living outside Nottinghamshire who take a Nottinghamshire child.

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: 

  • Daily Support After Adoption advice line
  • Out of hours’ advice line staffed by support social workers 
  • 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
  • Courses 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.

  • Issues of our annual newsletter
  • Life story books available at introduction stage 
  • Social events such as Adopters New Year Party and Summer Picnic
  • Membership of our mailing list to receive our annual newsletter and other mailings
  • Youth programme for adopted young people including days for adopted youngsters in age groups during 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 who can offer full range of post adoption services
  • 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.

Welfare rights

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.

Contact us

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Email the Support After Adoption team

Advice line: 01623 437 988

Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 5:00pm 
Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm 

Feedback

If you have previously contacted the team, please share your views on the service.

The Emergency Duty Team: 

0300 456 4546 

This operates when locality offices are closed.

Newsletter

Adoption support newsletter July 2014 thumbnail

View the July 2014 newsletter [PDF].

Articles on reuniting with birth family members, dyadic development practice, how to become a PALS worker, activity days, social networking and adoption and much more.

Other sources of support 

Adoption Support Services Adviser (ASSA): 01623 437988

Out of hours advice 

The Fostering and Adoption Advice Line offers specialist parenting advice out of hours on 0800 085 8995.

Monday to Friday 6pm - 10pm 

Weekends and Bank holidays between 10am and 10pm

Useful information on adoption is available from: First for Adoption

Useful e-learning materials and articles about adoption are available from:
http://fosteringandadoption.rip.org.uk

Adoption UK Adoption UK is a national organisation that offers support to adopters

Tel: 0870 770 0450

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