Post Adoption Support
Helping you after your Adoption Order
You will still get support after an Adoption Order has been made. The age and early experiences of the children we place for adoption means that you will continue to need support over the years. There is a wide range of post-adoption support in Bournemouth.
We offer the following:
- Clinical psychology support and access to our medical adviser.
- We have regular Adopters support groups on a variety of topics from attachment to internet safety. You’ll have the chance to meet other adopters here too.
- Coffee mornings for adopters of children under five.
- Children’s groups where children enjoy fun activities with their families and other adopted youngsters
- An annual Summer adoption picnic for adopted children and their families, and an annual Christmas party for younger children.
- Regular newsletters for adopters with news on adoption, activities and the adoption team.
Our experienced team of social workers and support staff are always available to offer you support and advice.
The Government has issued a guide to adoption support called an Adoption Passport. We follow these guidelines.
According to the Passport, adopters:
- Have priority access to schools.
- Are entitled to the Pupil Premium. If you send your child to a state school, the Government will give the school £1900 to help your child’s education.
- Will get a summary of your child’s health from the placing authority’s medical adviser.
- Will get a lifestory book from the placing authority. This will help your child understand their early life.
- Can ask for an assessment of your child’s special educational needs.
You may also be entitled to:
- Free early education for your child from age two.
- Choose which school meets your child’s needs.
- Discretionary housing payments while you wait for your child to be placed with you.
- Adoption leave and pay when your child is placed with you.
For more information, about the Adoption Passport and possible entitlements, visit First4Adoption.