Adoption Support

Adopted children often have a difficult start in life and sometimes struggle with relationships and attachments to their new family and routines. They’re entitled to grow up as part of a loving family that can meet their developmental needs during childhood and beyond, and their feelings are important. There’s a variety of adoption support available to families depending on your needs, and Adopt London is here to help guide you towards the most appropriate form of support as and when you most need it.

Support for adopters

Due to early trauma and separation, adopted children have often developed certain coping mechanisms that mean they can find it difficult to form relationships, and display challenging behaviour.

You will learn various techniques during your preparation training on how to cope with this, but as you get to know your child you will become aware of the complexities of their issues.

It is important to recognise at this point that this is the norm and that there is support and a range of therapies available to help you and your child overcome these difficulties.

Your Regional Adoption Agency can advise you on the adoption support services that may be available to you.

Support services may include:

  •  Advice and guidance
  • Stay and play groups
  • Adopter support groups
  • Links to other services
  • Individual support for adoptive families
  • Support with letterbox contact and direct contact if appropriate
  • A full assessment of your family’s needs
  • Support to access funding through the Adoption Support Fund

Find your regional support

The Local Authority that places the child with you is responsible for assessing your adoption support needs for three years after the adoption order. After three years it becomes the responsibility of the Local Authority or Regional Adoption Agency (RAA) where you live (if different).

Select your placing borough or home borough name from the drop down menu below to find out which Adopt London Regional Adoption Agency is responsible for  your adoption support needs and how to contact them.

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Adopt London used emergency COVID-19 funding in 2019 to commission support for adoptive families. Watch our short animated film Closer & Stronger.


For more information about the available resources go to our COVID-19 page and see our News and Blog pages for latest updates.

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