If your child might be adopted then we can support you.
Some birth parents might still be together, some might not, but it is still important for birth fathers as well as mothers to get the support they need through the adoption process and with after adoption contact.
A support worker (who is independent of your child's social worker) will:
- Offer regular sessions to talk about the adoption plan
- Be flexible about the help you need
- Be easy to contact
- Listen to you
- Give you support and advice
- Explain what happens to children when adoption is being considered for them
- Talk with you about your views and wishes for your child. If you like we can help you write these down for the adoption and permanency panel - or help you complete the papers for panel
- Collect information about you and your family to keep for your child (in case they want to find out about their birth family or they need health information)
- Advise you about the Post Box Service and ways contact can happen after adoption
- Put you in touch with other organisations who can help
- Give you information about our complaints and comments procedure
We also run a birth parent group which may be a good support to you.
We can also work with other birth family members who have played an important part in your child's life.
Our information pack contains everything you need to know to about adopting with Adopt Coast to Coast to help get started on your adoption journey.
Our Adoption Statement of Purpose provides useful information for children and young people, birth families, prospective adopters, adopters and others about adoption in Sunderland.