Support for Adoptive Families

We offer post-adoption support to parents who have adopted whether this was recent or some time ago

We respect the uniqueness of every family and we believe that asking for post-adoption support is not a sign of weakness, but is actually a sign of the strength of commitment that adopters have to their children. We appreciate that some families might find it hard to ask for post-adoption support; we always treat such requests with respect and sensitivity.

When children are first placed

When children first start living in their new families, parents and children need time to get to know one another, find their routines, grow their relationships and get used to living as a family. Some new families need help with learning some of the practical skills and techniques of child care, while others benefit from advice and information on how to grow healthy bonds with their new children. Some families choose to adopt siblings, or they already have children and this can mean that families need specific help so that good brother/sister relationships can develop.

We understand how important support is when children first start living in their new adoptive families. It is normal for new adoptive parents to feel a range of apparently contradictory emotions at the same time; these can include excitement, nervousness, joy, worry and pride. Some adopters benefit from having the opportunity to talk about these, and while many people turn to their own friends and family for this, some adopters like to talk to professionals as well. Similarly, it is normal for children to have complex or confusing feelings at times and they may also find it helpful to have someone to talk to.

Some adopted children have additional needs as a result of having a disability or medical condition, and in these situations some adopters need additional guidance on how to care for these children so we can signpost families to other specialist services in addition to what we offer.

When children have been living with their families for some time

We understand that as children grow and develop, and as families change over time, their need for post-adoption support may change. The challenges of parenting young children compared to teenagers are different and as such we understand that children and parents may need different kinds of support at different times. This is why we encourage families to contact us if they are experiencing difficulties even if they have not been in touch with any adoption service for a significant period of time.

Criteria for accessing post-adoption support

If you live on the Isle of Wight and have adopted children you are entitled to request an assessment of your post-adoption support needs from us. However, if your child/children’s adoption order(s) were granted less than three years ago this assessment (and any post-adoption support service) will be the responsibility of the local authority that was caring for your child before they were placed with you.

If you live outside of the Isle of Wight but your children came from the Isle of Wight and the adoption order(s) were granted less than three years ago, you are entitled to request an assessment of your post-adoption support needs from us.

We are proud of the service that we offer to adoptive families, we always consider the specific needs of each family so that they receive support that fits them. We have social workers, adoption practitioners and a therapeutic worker who can offer a variety of information, advice, guidance and support to families.

If you would like to discuss your particular circumstances to see if you are eligible for post-adoption support, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can contact us online by clicking here to use the send a message to service form.