Adoption Practice in Tameside
- What is adoption?
- Could you adopt?
- Who are the children?
- What support is available?
- What financial support is available?
- What are the next steps?
- Could you consider adoption?
Adoption is a lifelong commitment. It's about providing a permanent family for a child or children in care, who cannot, for whatever reason, return home. When you adopt a child you take on the rights and responsibilities for the child the birth parent had. It's the stability and security of family life that makes adoption such a positive outcome for children.
If you are over 21 and can provide a permanent stable, safe and caring home, your interest will be welcomed. All kinds of people make good adoptive parents. It is important to have people from different cultures and religions because the children who need adopting come from many different backgrounds.
You don't need to be a married couple and you don't need to have your own children. We positively welcome applications from a wide range of people, from different ethnic backgrounds, so if you are single or a couple, in a same sex or heterosexual relationship, and whether or not married or in a civil partnership, you may adopt jointly, what is important is that you have a stable relationship. If you are in work or unemployed do contact us!
There are all kinds of children who need adoptive parents, from toddlers to teenagers and more rarely, babies. Often there are two, three or more brothers and sisters who need to live together.
Some children may have been abused or neglected in the past. Other children may have physical or learning disabilities. The one thing all these children have in common is that their parents are unable to care for them and they need a new, permanent family to take on that role.
Tameside Adoption Team provides ongoing support services to adoptive parents. Once approved you can keep a link with your assessing Social Worker and the Adoption Team.
Throughout the year you could be invited to attend seminars or training sessions. Speakers who are expert in adoption are often invited to deliver presentations.
There is a Tameside Support Group for Adoptive Parents, which you will be invited to.
We also arrange post approval training and you will be able to access our adoption surgeries.
You are expected to meet the general living costs of your child. However, you may be entitled to an adoption allowance, which is subject to financial assessment and the needs of the child.
The approval process should take no more than six months after a formal application is accepted. If you apply to adopt we would need to send off for references about you and any members of your household who are 18 years and over. We would make enquiries with the Criminal Records Bureau and other statutory agencies. We would also ask you to have a full medical with your GP. You will be invited to attend a preparation course and then a home study/assessment will be undertaken with you.
If the answer is yes and you would like more information please contact us using the details below or complete the referral form.