March 22, 2017
Welcome to the latest in our web series, ‘Spotlight on…’. Each month, we will go into more detail about one of our valuable services, to give you a real flavour of the work we do at SFCS.
This month, we take a look at our Adoption Connections service. Adoption Connections is our Ofsted ‘Good’ adoption service, which focuses on finding families and providing secure, stable adoptive placements for vulnerable children who are currently in care.
There are currently around 2,000 children in care awaiting adoption. Adoption Connections has an open-door policy and welcomes all kinds of families for all kinds of children, regardless of age, race, cultural background, religion, marital status or sexual orientation.
We form lasting relationships with our prospective adopters, guiding you gently through the process of becoming an adoptive parent. As well as this one-to-one support and guidance from your dedicated social worker, our prospective adopters can access training, workshops and parenting preparation – all aimed at making sure you feel equipped and ready to become an adoptive parent.
Our support for our adopters doesn’t end once they have been approved. Your social worker will work closely with you to help you find the child or children who you could best parent, and will gently lead you through the ‘matching process’ and those first ‘introductions’ with your child.
And once your child has joined your family, Adoption Connections continues to offer whatever level of support you need, for as long as you need it. Our adoptive families can access training and workshops, our adopter Buddy Scheme, Theraplay®, and other therapeutic support and counselling.
On top of this, we provide a full calendar of social events for our adoptive families every year, enabling parents to connect with other adoptive parents, and giving children a valuable opportunity to socialise with other children who have been adopted.
You can find out more about adopting through Adoption Connections by clicking here. You might also like to find out more about our Adoption Support services and take a look at our extensive Adoption Resources.