Adoption gives children and young people an opportunity for a fresh start as a permanent member of a new family.
- After your initial enquiry, we'll:
contact you for an initial discussion within 1 working day.
send you an information pack within 5 working days.
- We'll invite you to an adoption information meeting.
- If you wish to proceed, we'll ask you to complete an expression of interest form.
- We may phone you for another discussion.
- We'll invite you to an adoption foundation day to help you prepare for adoption, learn about the process and understand the needs of adopted children.
- We'll make a decision to proceed to stage 1 of the adoption process with you. If we decide not to proceed, we'll give you clear written reasons why. Opening a new window
Stage 1 (usually a 2 month period)
- We'll ask you to attend 3 workshops covering:
guidance to complete your written workbooks
learning about the backgrounds of children and understanding the impact of trauma on children's development
'early permanence', also known as fostering for adoption.
- We'll invite you to complete a registration of interest form and help you complete a home learning reflective workbook.
- We'll allocate a worker to support you through the process.
- We'll start background checks and references and you'll need to arrange a medical.
- We'll invite you to 2 days of adoptive parents training. We'll also ask you to attend a paediatric first aid course and complete the 'First4Adoption' e-learning modules.
- At our regular adopter network events, you can meet other adopters and hear about support available in Hertfordshire.
- Your worker will arrange a review meeting with you, then write up a summary and make a recommendation about your readiness to process to stage 2. If we decide not to proceed, we'll give you clear reasons why verbally and in writing. Opening a new window
Stage 2 (usually a 4 month period)
- We'll allocate a social worker to:
visit you at home, discuss the process, agree an assessment plan and sign a stage 2 agreement.
visit you at home a number of times and visit your personal references.
write up a prospective adopter's report and share it with you. You'll have 5 days to comment on it.
- We'll invite you to another day of adoptive parent training.
- The adoption panel will:
read your report
meet with you and your social worker
let you know their recommendation on the same day, then follow up in writing within 2 weeks.
share their recommendation with the agency decision maker, who will make a final decision regarding your approval.
If the panel thinks you are suitable, over the next 6 months we'll:
- add your names to the Adoption Register
- develop a matching agreement with you
- match you with children we feel suit you and the skills you have
- link you with children, following selection
- support you before, during and after children are placed.
- invite you to an adoption order and celebration hearing.
If the panel do not feel able to make a recommendation for approval, you will:
- be given clear written reasons to explain the panel’s decision
- have 40 days to request a review.
You can also get advice and information from First4Adoption.
Our statement of purpose and adopter's charter.