5 Aug 2019
Author: Rebecca Delaney
If you’re thinking about adoption, you probably have all sorts of questions, covering everything from emotional concerns to practical and legal issues. Find out where you can get information and support for your adoption journey in Hertfordshire.
Where can I get advice and support on adoption?
There’s lots of support available to prospective adopters. In Hertfordshire, the Adoption Support Team works with both adoptive parents and adopted children, whatever stage they’re at in the adoption process. So whether you’re just beginning to think about adoption or you’re looking for support with your adopted family, you can call them for a chat or meet them in person.
On social media, the Hertfordshire Fostering and Adoption Facebook page is a great place to start, posting regular events where prospective parents can find out more about adoption and fostering.
Hertfordshire Adoption Team also holds regular open evenings, where anyone interested in adoption can come along and ask questions. You’ll get the chance to talk to adoptive parents and get a first-hand view of what it’s like to adopt. Check out the latest list of forthcoming fostering and adoption open events.
Help to adopt in Hertfordshire
It’s important for everyone that the right match is found for your family. You’ll work with the local Adoption Assessment Team, who will ask you lots of questions to find out more about your lifestyle and circumstances, and what you’re looking for. Adoption is a big step, so they also offer training for adoptive parents, which can help to prepare you for what’s to come.
The Family Finding Team work hard to place children with the right families. They hold regular ‘children’s evenings’, where you can find out more about the children who need a home in your area. Once a match is made, they’ll work with both parents and children to ensure a smooth transition. Becoming a family can be a difficult (if hugely rewarding) stage for everyone involved, so it’s good to know that professionals are on hand for support during this important time.
Support for adoptive families
The act of adoption is only the beginning of the journey. From that point on, all adoptive families will need plenty of support along the way.
Luckily, help is at hand from the Hertfordshire Adoption Support Team, who organise all sorts of helpful events and services, including social groups, parenting courses and children’s activities. By attending toddler groups or social events, you’ll get to know fellow adopters in the area. This can be a hugely helpful source of support and community.
Legal advice on adoption
When it comes down to it, adoption is essentially a legal process: the act of taking on parental responsibility for a child. That means you’ll need to understand your legal position before you go ahead. At Hepburn Delaney, we’re experienced family lawyers offering legal advice on adoption to prospective parents seeking an adoption order.