North East Lincolnshire Council

Find out information about adoption

Making the decision to adopt is one of the biggest steps anyone can make; it can also be the most rewarding. Adoption is all about making a difference to a child’s life by providing a stable, loving and permanent home.

Our next information events:

  • Tuesday 1st August 5-7pm
  • Tuesday 1st August 5-7pm
  • Tuesday 5th September 1-3pm

Changes to Adoption Services – Yorkshire & Humber

In Yorkshire and Humber adoption services are changing to be delivered on a regional basis. This means that local authorities will no longer individually providing adoption services but will combine to form a larger, more effective regional adoption agency.

In the north of Yorkshire and the Humber this will be happening in stages over the next few months. From April the local authorities in the area will be recruiting adopters jointly through a new regional recruitment website www.oneadoption.co.uk or by calling 01904 566007. ‘One Adoption North and Humber’ will join together North East Lincolnshire Council; Hull City Council; North Yorkshire County Council; City of York Council; East Riding of Yorkshire Council; North Lincolnshire Council, the Voluntary Adoption Agencies (VAAs) including Adoption Support Agencies (ASAs).

What does this mean if I want to adopt in my area?

Working regionally will allow children to be placed in a more timely way and improve the adoption and therapeutic support offer as well as enabling us to share best practice and develop our services more effectively. While the names of the agency in your local area will eventually change, the people and ethos remains the same. Our aim being to continue to provide quality adoption support that meets the needs of those involved in adoption:
• Shared good practice across the region;
• We will place children for adoption in a more timely way;
• We will recruit families for the children who are waiting;
• We will share across the region the range and accessibility and quality of adoption support.
• We will provide a timely assessment and approval process for those wanting to adopt.

Making that first contact to the adoption service can seem very daunting. We want to try to make the process as clear as possible and to reassure you that we are here to help.

The adoption team:

  • Service manager – With a wealth of social care expertise, the service manager is responsible for the Fostering and Adoption service.
  • Principal social worker – Supervising the team of adoption social workers as well as working closely with the service manager and deputises in their absence
  • Skilled adoption social workers are committed to providing an excellent adoption service

We are always looking for new potential adoptive parents and all sorts of people can adopt. You must be over 21 years of age, of good health and can come from all walks of life:

  • Single
  • Married
  • Civil partnership
  • Unemployed/ working
  • Any nationality or race

There are many children of all ages from babies to teenagers who are searching for adoptive parents and we can make adoptive placements on behalf of other Local Authorities across the country.

Our next information events:
Tuesday 1st August 5-7pm

We will also be at Tesco’s Community Room, Hewitts Avenue, Cleethorpes North Road, Cleethorpes Road, DN35 9QR on the following date:

Tuesday 1st August 5-7pm
Tuesday 5th September 1-3pm
Tuesday 3rd October 5-7pm
Tuesday 7th November 1-3pm
Tuesday 5th December 5-7pm

 

 

Please drop in at any time, for information on Fostering and Adoption.

Adoption isn’t an easy decision to make but adopters who have been through the adoption process and approved have a lot of positives to say about it.

Find out what they have to say by clicking on the names below and reading their stories.

Andrea is a single adopter (PDF)

James and Sally are married (PDF)

Mike and Paul are a same sex couple (PDF)

Tanya and Sue are a same sex couple (PDF)

These placements are for children who may not be able to safely cared for by their birth relatives and who need at least a short period in local authority care.

They are likely to need to be adopted, but still have a chance of being reunited with their birth family.

For more information on this type of adoption view the Early Permanency Placements leaflet (PDF)

An Intercountry Adoption is an adoption of a child who is habitually resident in one country by an individual or couple who are habitually resident in another country. Intercountry Adoption is a complex process with very stringent legalities as compliance is required through UK legislation as well as the relevant countries legislation.

Intercountry Adoption is not an easy option. A thorough assessment is completed before a child is placed away from their country of origin, community and extended family. As a prospective intercountry adopter we advise to look beyond the initial desire to provide a child from another country with a stable home and loving parents and home and think about the long term affects it may have on you and the child.

If you are considering Intercountry Adoption we will initially gather information from you. North East Lincolnshire Council works in collaboration with other agencies to offer potential intercountry adopters the specialist service they require.

Under certain circumstances, an adoption order can be applied for direct to the local courts where a child who is not related to you has been living with you for some time. Generally the birth parents of any child would have to be willing to agree to the adoption or the court would have to be asked to dispense with their agreement. Before a court application can be made however, you must give at least 12 weeks written notice of your intention to adopt the child to the local authority adoption service.

This approach is most often used by step families who have a child or children from a previous relationships living with them. In these circumstances, some step parents feel they would like to legally formalise their position with their step child and obtain parental responsibility.

There are essentially 3 ways in which step parents can obtain parental responsibility:

  • By a Parental Responsibility Agreement or a Parental Responsibility Order
  • By a Residence Order
  • By an Adoption Order

Who can apply to adopt?

  • Must be 21 years or more
  • You must have resided in the British Isles and have been habitually resident there for at least a year prior to the application
  • You do not need to be married but you will be expected to have lived together as a family (with the child) long enough to demonstrate stability. This would usually be for at least six months before you apply to adopt.

The child to be adopted must be under 18 and unmarried. If the application to court has been made before the child’s 18th birthday, then it is possible for a child over 18 to become adopted if the eighteenth birthday has occurred by the time the matter is heard.

For further information please see the Step Families and Adoption Booklet below:

Step families and adoption booklet

If you require any further information please contact the Adoption Service using the contact details provided.

We are committed to providing a range of support services to adoptive families, adopted children and birth relatives. The council is also expected to provide certain support services and there is a legal entitlement for a range of people affected by adoption to have an assessment of support needs. A request for an assessment can be made to the Adoption Service.

From 1st May 2015 every Local Authority can apply to the Adoption Support Fund to obtain funding for Therapeutic support for children and their adopters. If you think you or your child/ren need such support please contact the Adoption Service where in the first instance we will complete an Adoption Support Assessment to identify what support is required and if applicable apply to the fund on your behalf to secure those services. For more information view this article from First4Adoption (Web)
The range of support services provided includes:

A letterbox service and mediation for the exchange of information between adopted children and birth family members.

  • Mediating, facilitating and supervising direct contact arrangements.
  • Services to support family relationships
  • Assessments for support services including financial support
  • A support group for adopters
  • Workshop for adopted young people
  • Training workshops for adopters
  • Social events
  • Individual social work support to adoptive families through an adoption social worker

Access to specialist services including educational psychology, health and the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).
Ofsted were impressed with the support services we provide in our recent inspection and included these statements in their report.

“The workshop has been excellent, informative and humanely projected with sensitivity and knowledge”

‘Adoptive parents are very well prepared for the task of adoptive parenting and are very well supported throughout the child’s life’

View the documents below to learn more about the processes and support available:

My book about adoption (PDF)

Adoption passport (PDF)

Introduction to Adoption Panel (PDF)

Contact letters for adoptive families (PDF)

Adults who have been adopted can request access to their original adoption files which hold information about the circumstances of their adoption. We will be able to help you with this and offer you support throughout this process.

If you would like to request access to your personal file you can contact the Adoption Service using the contact details on the bottom of the page to have a confidential discussion. Alternatively you can request this formally in writing to the address at the bottom of the page.

If you prefer, we may put you in touch with a adoption support agency called After Adoption. To contact After Adoption you can telephone them on 0800 0 568 578.

If you require any further information please contact the Adoption Service using the contact details provided.

The Adoption Service can offer help, advice and support on all aspects of adoption to birth families, both during the adoption process and afterwards.

An Adoption Social Worker would be pleased to offer help and advice or if you prefer, we can also put you in touch with a voluntary adoption support agency called After Adoption Yorkshire. This confidential service is paid for and arranged by the local authority to give independent advice and support to birth parents whose children are being adopted or have been adopted. If you wish to contact After Adoption Yorkshire you can visit their website or telephone them on 0113 230 2100.

The Council’s own Adoption Service is able to give advice to you about how to keep in touch with your child after adoption via the Contact Letter Box Service.

Also, we will be pleased to work with you to help you contribute to your child’s life story book which is a special book of photos, memories, stories of a child’s birth family members and history. This is to help explain to your child about their birth family, where they have lived and why adoption is their plan. Ofsted recognised ‘the work undertaken with birth parents is of a very high quality and very sensitively carried out’. They also included statements about the quality of work carried out for children and said ‘Children’s safety and well-being are at the heart of everything the agency does’ and ‘Seeking children’s wishes and feelings is strongly embedded in practice and carried out exceptionally well’

North East Lincolnshire hold a Birth family Support Group every six weeks. It offers an opportunity to meet with other families going through the experience of their family member being adopted and information, support and advice from two experienced and sensitive Adoption Social Workers. It is in a confidential setting and all Birth Families are welcome. Please contact Diane Kelly or Joanna Maughan on the contact details on the bottom of this page for further information.

If you require any further information please contact the Adoption Service using the contact details provided.

For more information view the documents below:

Information for birth relatives (PDF)

Information for birth relatives – The Contact Letter Box Service (PDF)

FAQs by looked after children with siblings who are adopted (PDF)

We offer support to adults who have been adopted as well as birth parents and families of adoptive children searching for each other. Each case is treated with care to ensure the views of all people involved are taken into consideration as well as maintaining confidentiality throughout the process. There are detailed rules about this process.

For adoptive adults we will assist you to access birth records and give advice on tracing birth relatives. We can also assist birth families when searching for adults who were adopted and offer support in managing reunions with each other.

If this is something you would like more information about then please contact us using the contact details at the bottom of this page for a confidential discussion. When phoning ask to speak to a Adoption Duty Social Worker.

If you would prefer, we can put you in touch with a adoption support agency called After Adoption. North East Lincolnshire has an arrangement with this specialist organisation to provide confidential support services to local people with regard to file access and also search and reunion work. This is a particular area of expertise for this organisation and the service user feedback we receive is excellent.

If you would like to contact After Adoption you can telephone them on 0800 0 568 578.

If you require any further information you can contact the Adoption Service using the contact details provided.

Welcome to the adoption feedback section.

We want your views while you are receiving services from our team.

Click on the form below for the right form for you:

Adoption – Comments from Adopted Young Person Age 10-16

Customer Satisfaction Questionnaire – Social Services

The Service Manager has full responsibility of the Adoption Service which is clearly described in the Adoption Statement of Purpose. The Adoption Statement of Purpose is attached to download at the bottom of this section.

Ofsted regulates the Adoption Service and carries out inspections to assess that we are meeting The Adoption National Minimum Standards 2011 (England) and Adoption Regulations 2005 (England). We proudly hold an ‘Outstanding’ judgement from our last inspection in 2011 which was maintained from our inspection in 2008. Ofsted recognised ‘the agency is extremely well managed at all levels, both strategically and operationally’.

If you require any further information you can contact the Adoption Service using the contact details provided.

Adoption Statement of Purpose 2016 (PDF)

If you are interested in adoption, complete the adoption online enquiries form or view the information booklet for enquirers (PDF) and an experienced adoption social worker will get back to you.

Adoption, Civic Offices, Knoll Street, Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire, DN35 8LN

Email: fosteringandadoption@nelincs.gov.uk

Telephone: 01472 325545

Opening times: Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm and Friday 8.30 am to 4.30 pm except bank holidays