Being an adoptive parent is hugely rewarding and provides a stable, understanding and loving home for children in need. Adopted children have often had a difficult start in life and can struggle with relationships and making attachments to their new family and routines.
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
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).
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