Adoption Wales

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“Lockdown has been tough but the support we’ve had has got us through.”   Mike and Tony were one of the first families to experience the Adopting Together model, having adopted a little boy just after the service first launched in 2018.   “We both always knew we wanted children, ever since we got together … Continue reading “Adopting together – Tony and Mike”

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“We spent lockdown getting ready to welcome two adopted children to our home” “It feels like all our Christmases have come at once! They feel like they’re ours already and we haven’t even met them yet.”   First-time parents Laura and Steve* have just had the news that they’ve been approved to adopt a little … Continue reading “Adopting Together – Laura and Steve”

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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.

 

St. David's Children Society is a registered charity (Registration No: 509163)
A Company limited by Guarantee (Registered Cardiff 1546688). Address: St. David's Children Society, 28 Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3BA.

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