Adoption social worker
Throughout the approval process you will be supported by your adoption social worker. Once you have been approved, your adoption social worker will be closely involved in the placement of a child/children with you. After a child/children comes to live with you, your adoption social worker will visit you regularly to offer support and can do so after an Adoption Order is made, if you so wish.
Adoption support group
Approved adopters are invited to join our adoption support group and receive information about adoption related matters and invitations to support meetings, training and social events where you can meet other adoptive families in the area.
If you are an adoptive teenager see the AT-iD website for further support and information.
Support for adoptive families
An outline of the support available to all adopters can be found on the First4Aoption website.
Financial support is available for prospective adopters on a low income, this support is means tested. A grant may also be available to buy certain items for children when they are first placed for adoption. You can find out what other benefits you may be entitled to on the child benefit and tax credits websites
Adoption Support Fund
You can find out more about the government’s Adoption Support Fund on the First4Adoption website which helps adoptive families in need of extra support to access specialist therapeutic services such as cognitive therapy, play and music therapy, and intensive family support – helping children recover from their previous experiences, bond with their adoptive families and settle into their new life. Also see the Being Family website.
Pupil Premium for adopted children/young people
State-funded schools in England can receive the Pupil Premium funding to help them give extra support for all children adopted from care. Details can be found on the First4Adoption website.
Adoption Support Service Adviser
The Adoption Support Service Adviser (ASSA) is the person who can advice you regarding accessing adoption support services. The Adoption Team Manager, Suzie Grove, is the ASSA for York and can be contacted on tel: 01904 566041 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Personally affected by adoption
If you are personally affected by adoption as an adopted person, birth relative or an adoptive parent and would like to talk to someone who can understand your situation, please contact PAC-UK a free service for those living in York. If you live outside York you can check with your council to see if they provide this service.