Adoption

Information about adoption, the skills needed, the assessment process and support services.

    

Welcome to the Suffolk Adoption Agency

Message from Sally Stoker, Head of Adoption Service:

In Suffolk, we are proud of our success in placing children with adoptive families.

In the last 3 years, we have placed 180 children from the ages of just a few months old to 8 years old. We have assessed and approved more than a hundred enthusiastic and loving families across the county and we always need more.

If you think you could be one of our future adoptive families, we would like you to take a look at our pages on this website. There is advice on how you could start your adoption journey and, when you have decided that adoption is something you want to offer a Suffolk child, there is further advice on what you will need to do to get ready to adopt and what you should do next.

Please read on, as your adoption journey could start here.

 

What is adoption?

Adoption means providing a permanent, stable home to a child, where they have the very best chance to fulfil their potential. Adoption offers children the opportunity to grow up in a safe and nurturing environment. It is the legal process by which parental responsibility for a child is given to a new parent or parents by a Court. Adopters can provide a secure family home for children unable to remain with their birth parents. Finally, adoption is a permanent, life-long commitment to the child.

 

Who can adopt?

Suffolk Adoption Agency are looking for people from all walks of life to provide families for Suffolk children. You may be more suitable than you think. We have a specific web page dedicated to the topic of who can adopt, which can be found by clicking here. Read our Information Guide here.

 

The steps to adoption

You can find our step by step guide to becoming an adoptive parent, from your initial enquiry through to an Adoption Order issued by the court, by clicking here.

 

Suffolk children need Suffolk adopters

Suffolk Adoption Agency can currently only take applications from people living within the county. If you live outside of Suffolk please contact the local authority in your area. To find out more about the children waiting, please visit 'The children waiting' page.

 

Forthcoming information events 

Information Events are a useful way to find out more about adopting a Suffolk child and are the best place to start after contacting us. These events are based in Ipswich and run from 17:30 to 19:30. We currently have the following dates available:

Wednesday 24th September 2014

Wednesday 1st October 2014

Wednesday 15th October 2014

Wednesday 29th October 2014

You can book onto these events and future courses online after registering on our Parenting Channel, details of which can be found on our 'Further information and useful links' page.

 

Contacting Us

We recommend that you speak to an Adoption Worker for support and further guidance on any of the above topics. If you haven't already done so, please contact us on 0800 389 9417 to arrange a telephone call with an Adoption Worker, or complete our online enquiry form if you would like to receive some information in the post.

 

Support - Adoption and Special Guardianship

Suffolk Adoption Agency also provides support and advice:

 

  • to those who have adopted a child or children
  • to Suffolk residents who have themselves been adopted
  • on Special Guardianship Orders

For more information on this support service, please visit the Adoption Support and Special Guardianship web pages here and contact them on 01473 265700.

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