We aim to hold preparation groups for adopters twice yearly. These groups are held over 6-8 sessions, run in the evening/weekend where there will be input from social workers and adult adoptees and adoptive parents.
The preparation group allows those interested in applying to adopt to consider the issues and challenges and establish if they have the skills and qualities to become adoptive parents.
We have the responsibility to assess applicants and be satisfied that any person approved has the personal qualities that will enable them to promote the welfare of a child throughout his or her life.
After the preparation group, you will be assessed by a social worker from our team. You can be confident that the assessment is carried out by a qualified social worker who has experience of childcare, adoption and family placement work.
The assessment will include looking at the skills and experience you already have as well as areas which may require further development and support. During this period a series of essential checks will be completed on you and any adults aged 16 and over in your home.
We aim to complete the assessment within six months. This assessment involves writing a report about you, which you will have the opportunity to contribute and respond to, prior to the application being presented at the Adoption Panel.