Support for adoptive parents
You’ll have the support and advice of a named Adoption Social Worker from the start of the process of assessment through to placement and beyond. If your adoptive child has additional needs, more support is available via an assessment of their extra needs. This may include training, counselling and advice.
All families can need help and advice sometimes, and adoptive families are no different. Adopting a child can bring challenges as well as rewards. We understand that some adoptive families may need more help and support from time to time.
If you have adopted a child or young person you can ask us for advice and guidance.
This can include:
- Support and advice on issues such as attachment, behavioural problems, life story work and parenting.
- The letterbox scheme
- Local support groups
- Information and signposting about adoption
- An assessment of additional support needs
You can ask for an assessment for support if you live in any of the four counties of the adoption-Mid and West Wales region and have adopted a child from Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire or Powys, or if you adopted your son or daughter more than three years ago and live within the Mid and West Wales boundary.
This can include an assessment for financial assistance, which is based upon the child’s additional needs that cannot be met by universal services, your resources and circumstances. Any financial assistance is subject to annual review and may not continue.
For the first 3 years following the Adoption Order, the Adoption Agency who placed your children with you is responsible for any agreed support, even if you move to a different county. After 3 years, this responsibility passes to the Local Authority where you now live.