There are a number of ways we support you throughout your adoption journey.
- Training programme
- The matching process
- Financial Support
- Educational Support
- Post Order Support
- Adoption Support Advisor
You'll receive a half day training during stage one of the process and a further three days preparation training during the full assessment at stage two which is the first part of our ongoing training and development commitment to you.
The sessions are run by our experienced Social Workers and adopters. They are designed to help you explore and understand some of the issues involved in adoption and will begin to prepare you for caring for an adopted child and explain the differences to caring for birth children. Attendance for the full training is mandatory and a crucial part of your journey in becoming an adoptive parent. The course is designed to be accessible and enjoyable whether you have an academic mind or not.
Pre-approval adoption training provides good insight into the how adoption differs from normal parenting and helps prepare you for the task ahead.The course is designed to be accessible and enjoyable whether you have an academic mind or not. Most people find the training informative, useful and enjoyable - even those who thought they had left 'learning' long ago.
Subjects covered include:
- Child development
- Child abuse
- Separation and loss
- Facilitating contact
- Identity and culture
- Valuing diversity
- Communicating with children
- Managing challenging behaviour
- Safe care
- Legal aspects of care
- Working with the department / partnerships
- Fostering assessment life story
- process; and
- Goodbyes and moving children on
First for Adoption
First for Adoption is a new, dedicated national information service for people interested in adopting a child in England. Their information line is open 10am to 6pm, Monday to Friday on 0300 222 0022 to answer all your adoption questions.
You'll be able to access our library and IT facilities at Loxley House as well as our e-leaning packages, and e-learning from home is also available. When you're approved you'll also have access to further training opportunities.
Our team of Adoption Placement Advisors identify links between children and all newly approved adoptive parents at the earliest opportunity. Their experience of working within the fields of Children and Families and Fostering and Adoption for many years has given them a broad and thorough understanding of the adoption linking and matching process.
We offer a variety of financial support to people who adopt, including a financial support scheme which includes a settling in grant, expenses during introductions as well as ongoing financial support for eligible children (this is means tested). Other support available includes:
Pupil Premium Plus
All schoolchildren adopted from care can now access funding to get the support they need to thrive at school. The extension of the Pupil Premium funding, worth £1,900 per pupil, will help to close the attainment gap and transform pupil's future life chances across England. Previously, only children adopted from care since 30 December 2005 were eligible. An extra 10,000 pupils (approx) will benefit.
Priority School Admission for Adopted Children
A new government initiative has been implemented which gives adopters the right to express a preference in the school they feel will be best for their child (please note, access to an oversubscribed school out of the normal admission round is not always allowed). Priority access applies to all school age children adopted from the care of a Local Authority. It helps teachers play a vital part in helping children build bright futures. For more information please contact Jonny Kirk, Acting Service Manager, Access to Learning Children and Adults on 0115 876 4620.
Prospective adopters have the right to receive the child's permanence report (prepared in accordance with regulation 17 of the Adoption Agencies Regulations 2005), including a a summary of the medical advisor's report on the health of the child.
If you live in the City and adopt a City child we can offer support until your child is 18 years old. If you live elsewhere, we can support you for up to three years after the Adoption Order is granted, after which it becomes the responsibility of the local authority where you live.
As well as financial support that you may be eligible for, we also offer a range of post adoption support packages such as a letterbox scheme, a confidential way for adoptive families and birth families to exchange information on behalf of adopted children.
All our newly approved adopters receive a years free membership to the national organisation Adoption UK.
All local authority adoption services must appoint a person to act as the Adoption Services Support Advisor (ASSA). In Nottingham this role is undertaken by Jasvir Kaur who is an Adoption Social Worker in the Fostering and Adoption Team.
The role of the ASSA is as follows
- to give advice and information to people affected by adoption and act as a single point of contact to provide information, signpost to appropriate services, and to advise on how those services may be accessed
- to give advice, information and assistance to other staff in the local authority on assessments of need for adoption support services, the availability of services locally, and effective planning for service delivery, in particular, supporting and facilitating intra - and interagency working where needed
- to give advice on good practice in adoption where needed
- to consult with, and give advice, information and assistance to other local authorities as appropriate, for example liaising between authorities where a family is moving between authorities to try and ensure a smooth transition in the provision of adoption support services
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