Fostering and adoption

The Fostering and Adoption Teams are predominately staffed by experienced social workers and managers, the majority of whom have previously worked in child care social work teams. This level of experience enables the service to offer advice and consultation to the rest of children’s services on achieving permanence for Looked after Children and also by ensuring that adopters and foster carers are well supported and trained to manage the complex needs of our children and young people.

The fostering team have a number of responsibilities, including;

  • Recruiting and assessing all those who wish to foster for the council, and continuing to supervise and support these carers following approval.
  • Assessing and supporting family and friend carers, ensuring that, where possible, permanence for children is secured within the birth family.
  • Supervising and supporting family and friend carers and contributing towards timely decisions and assessments for Special Guardianship Orders.
  • Delivery of ongoing training to foster carers.

The Adoption Team is responsible for recruiting, assessing and supporting all prospective adopters and matching prospective adopters with children needing adoption. They hold case responsibility for children following the making of a Placement Order and will ensure timely matching for adoption.

The team also provides an adoption support service, supporting children, young people and their families where children have been placed for adoption both pre and post the making of an adoption order.

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