Dear all, I just wanted to write to you all and hope that first and foremost you, your family and loved ones are keeping safe and well. We continue to live in unprecedented times and I know that all of you are having different experiences of home life as a family whether you are at the … Continue reading “A Message From Wendy”→ Learn more
We follow three families who have adopted through St. David’s Children Society as they tell their stories from the time they first considered adoption to the ongoing support they receive from our agency. The videos are available on our website under the ‘Adoption Family Sories’ section, or available on our Facebook, Vimeo and YouTube pages. … Continue reading “Adoption Journey”→ Learn more
For some time now, St. David’s Children Society have hosted Adoption Drop In Sessions, every Tuesday and Thursday from 12-2 at our Cardiff office, for people who are thinking about adoption and have questions they would like to ask. We appreciate that for many people who initially contact us, adoption may have been something that … Continue reading “Adoption Drop In Sessions”→ Learn more
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How the Adoption Process works
Adoption is a legal process whereby you and your partner, assume the parenting of another person, be it a baby, toddler, youngster or teenager, from that persons legal or biological parents and as such it permanently transfers all responsibilities and rights from them, to you. It is intended to effect a permanent change in status.
Prospective adopters are welcomed from all walks of life, with differing life experiences. The main priority is to provide homes for children which are loving, safe and stable. It is regardless of your marital status, whether you are gay, straight, trans, bisexual, a homeowner or live in rented accommodation. It is also regardless of your nationality, age and religion. If you can offer a loving and stable home environment to a child, you will be eligible to apply.
You could start your search with us. You will be invited to attend a preparation course, over a period of three days, to get to know more about the adoption process. When you start your home study, you will be allocated a social worker, who will visit your home, assess you living arrangements and obviously ask you a lot of questions, such as finances, health and relationships. They will also want to spend time with your family. The purpose of this is to put together a report which will go to the adoption panel.
It can take up to six months before you go to the adoption panel. The panel consists of a wide range of people such as adopters, social workers and other field experts. You will be asked further questions, based upon the report drawn up by your social worker. If all goes well and you are approved then it is basically a waiting game until a child is matched to you. You will be contacted now and again but nothing can move on until the right match is found.
When a match is found it is vitally important that you are 100% sure. You must use the information you receive about the child, to make the best decisions for you and your family. If you have any questions and or doubts, speak to your social worker and be honest about any concerns. If a potential profile is not what you had envisaged you must say no, and that is OK.
When your child comes home, as with every other new parent, things can feel quite overwhelming. This is normal and a natural adjustment to your new home life will slowly take place. It will take time for all immediate family members to adjust to the new family arrangements.
It is advised that for the first few weeks you keep the child from meeting any other people; you should allow them plenty of time to bond with you adjust to their new surroundings, it is vitally important that they feel totally safe and secure in those early introductory weeks. Introduce your family and friends gradually over a period of time.
If you are looking to adopt a child in Wales then St. David’s Children Society should be your first point of contact. We have helped place nearly 2000 children for adoption and cover all areas of Wales. We are members of the National Adoption Service and work with many voluntary and other adoption agencies across Wales.
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