Support for birth families

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.

Adoption Statement of Purpose (2021)

Our Adoption Statement of Purpose provides useful information for children and young people, birth families, prospective adopters, adopters and others about adoption in Sunderland.

In Adoption

  • Find out more about adoption from the families who've adopted with us.
  • Some of our most frequently asked questions for prospective adopters.
  • Find out more about the types of support available to you after adoption.
  • Our adoption service is rated 'good' by Ofsted.
  • Find out about support for birth families during the adoption process and after adoption.