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Adoption resources

Here you will find links to adoption resources and information produced by SFCS, as well as useful links to external organisations which offer information for potential, prospective and approved adopters.  If you have any queries about any of our adoption resources, please do get in touch.

Adoption Information Pack
This document explains every step of the adoption process in detail, helping potential adopters to fully understand what’s involved in becoming an adoptive parent.

The Adoption Process – A Step-by-Step Overview
Everyone’s experience of adoption will be unique, but our step-by-step look at the process will give you a snapshot of the road to adoption, including all of the training and support you will be offered by SFCS.

SFCS Adoption Myth Buster
Here, we explode some of the myths which surround adoption. Think you can’t adopt? You may be pleasantly surprised!

Real Adoption Stories
We share twelve stories from couples or individuals who became parents with the help of our Adoption Connections service.  Their circumstances are diverse, and their routes to becoming parents were all different.

Online safety for adopted children

The internet is a fantastic resource, but it can pose particular risks for adopted children. Here, we point you towards a range of online articles and resources. These offer specific advice for adoptive parents, foster carers and professionals who work with adoptive families.

UK Safer Internet Centre
This link offers downloadable leaflets and FAQs for adopters and foster carers.

Think U Know
This article, Keeping adopted children safe online, includes a short film and a number of tips for adoptive parents.

Parent Info
Brought to you by CEOP and Parent Zone, this article offers advice for protecting adopted children from online risk.

Managing Christmas as an adoptive family

Christmas is an exciting time of year but for many children who have suffered trauma, it can be overwhelming. As a result, many adoptive families struggle at this time of year. The following links and articles offer useful information and tips to make the festive season more manageable for adopted children and their families.

Adoption UK
Advice to support your adopted children and help them enjoy the festive period.

Hannah Meadows - Christmas Survival Plan
Adoptive parent and self-care advocate Hannah Meadows shares her family's Christmas Survival Plan

Belong Therapeutic Support - 10 Reasons School Festive Fun is Hard
Psychotherapist Fi Newood offers therapeutic approaches to help children cope with the sometimes overwhelming Christmas activities at school.

Home for Good - Enjoy December
This article from Home for Good offers six ideas to help you and your children enjoy the run-up to Christmas.

Emma Sutton - Festive Fear for All The Family
Adoptive parent and author Emma Sutton shares her thoughts on the importance of maintaining routine during the festive season

Hannah Meadows - 5 Ways to Help an Adoptive Family at Christmas
Adoptive parent and self-care advocate shares some tips for helping and supporting adoptive families at Christmas time.

Belong Therapeutic Support - 5 Reasons Santa May Be Scary
Psychotherapist Fi Newood
sheds light on some of the anxieties adopted children may experience around the idea of Santa, and offers some great therapeutic solutions.

Home for Good - Support Foster and Adoptive Families at Christmas
This article from Home for Good suggests five ways you can support the foster and adoptive families you know at Christmas time.

What adopted young people say

As part of Big Adoption Day 2016, a large group of adopted young people were surveyed. The survey wanted to find out how young people felt about being adopted, how they viewed their families and lifestyles, and how they felt about their futures.

The key findings of the survey can be found here. The experiences and views of the group were brought together to create an animation, which you can view here.

What adopters say

Building on the success of Big Adoption Day 2016, independent adoption agencies in England began working with adoptive parents to put together two additional animations.

The first animation shares the experiences of adoptive families, discusses the ups and downs of the process, and offers advice directly from those people who know what it is to be an adoptive parent.

Support Networks

The second animation focuses on the importance of support from your family and friends. The journey to adoption can be emotional and challenging at times, and having a strong support network who are there for you at every step is vital.