Adoption

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

Give a Suffolk child the care they dream about

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

What a Suffolk adoptee has to say about growing up with his sister.

Author is Anthony Douglas: Suffolk resident and Adoptee.  

"For many children, their brothers or sisters are as important to them as their parents. For children living in fear inside a domestic culture of abuse or neglect, siblings can be a lifeline. They are often a source of comfort, acknowledgement and safety. Sometimes the deepest bonds are formed in captivity. So when children come into public care and need to be placed for adoption, the adoption can work better if a sibling group can stay together. Often, children are easiest to look after in a sibling group. For a child placed on their own, the pressure of being with safe and trustworthy parents for the first time can be defined by professionals as essential security and stability, but can be experienced by the child as being overwhelmed by a frightening level of emotion. It can be easier for siblings to be gradually eased into family life by adoptive parents looking after them in a subtle and practical way, letting the emotional bonding grow over time. In any transition, it is important to take something of your old life with you, something from the past that made you happy. It is often easier for a child to move on if they have a brother or sister or both who have been there with them in the hard times and can begin to develop normally together. My vision is for sibling groups, children with a disability and older children to have equal status as potential adopted children as the much-in-demand baby girls. Becoming an adopter for a child who really needs your love and therapeutic parenting, is a way of showing great commitment to your local community and to civic society in Suffolk. We have a strong heritage of vibrant local communities here. Adopting a Suffolk child or sibling group, can have great mutual benefit for the children involved – and for their carers. Crucially, adopters will be supported in their caring tasks and role. When I grew up adopted, my adoptive sister and I had no support, nor did our parents. We were just expected to get on with it and when we got into difficulties, there was nowhere to go – no post-adoption support service.  That’s why adopting in Suffolk today is not just possible – it is immensely rewarding, a great civic act and one for which I know you will get 100% support from the Suffolk post-adoption service."

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. We are currently looking for families for:

  • Sibling Groups
  • Children 4+
  • Disabled babies and children
  • Babies and young children to be placed on a foster to adopt basis

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 10th December 2014

Wednesday 7th January 2015

Wednesday 21st January 2015

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

Enquiring about adoption:

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 call us on 01473 264800 to arrange a telephone call with an Adoption Social Worker or just to request an information pack. Alternatively, you can arrange for us to contact you via email.

Enquiring about step-parent adoption:

If you are a resident of Suffolk and are interested in adopting your step child(ren), PACT has been contracted by Suffolk County Council to deliver this service. If you would like to find out more, please start by clicking on the following link and reading through the information provided: www.pactcharity.org/step-parent-adoption

Adopting a child from another country:

If you would like information on adopting a child from another country - known as inter-country adoption - please call PACT (Parents and Children Together) on 0300 456 4800 or visit their website at www.pactcharity.org/adoption/intercountry-adoption. However, Suffolk Adoption Agency would still be happy to hear from you if you are interested in adopting a Suffolk child, in which case please contact us on 01473 264800 to find out more.

 

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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