Are you thinking about adoption and want to get more information from our Adoption Team? Please come along to our Adoption Information meetings. They are all held at the Fostering and Adoption Centre, Perth Street, Derby DE21 6XX. All meetings start at 6.30pm and finish at around 9pm. Just turn up, there is no need to book.
Adoption is a way of providing a new family for children who can't live with their own family. For many children, adoption may be their only chance of experiencing family life. Children must be under the age of 18 and unable to return to their birth parents.
An adoption order cuts all legal ties with the birth family and transfers all parental responsibilities to the new adoptive family. The birth parents no longer have any legal rights over the child and they are not entitled to claim their child back. If you adopt a child, they become a full member of your family. They take your last name and take the same rights and privileges as if he or she had been born to you, including the right to inherit.
You can read our Derby City Council Adoption Statement of Purpose which sets out the services we provide to parents who are thinking about adopting a child/children.
The effect of an adoption order is that it removes the parental rights and responsibilities of the birth parents and transfers them to the adoptive parents. Only a court can make the adoption order but it is our responsibility or an approved voluntary adoption agency to assess and approve people who want to become adoptive parents.
Children come from a wide range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, ages and abilities. Many of the children have had some difficult experiences and need a lot of help to come to terms with what has happened to them. Some children need to be adopted with their brothers and sisters. What they all have in common is that they need a new family.
Interest is particularly welcomed from people who can offer a home to:
Anyone contacting us will be able to talk to a social worker experienced in adoption practice. An information pack is available and will be sent to anyone who wants to know more about adoption.
There are some, but not many. Most children are aged over 2 years of age. They will sometimes be part of a group of brothers and sisters. Some children will also have learning or physical disabilities.
The Adoption and Children Act 2002 states that a couple or a single person may apply to adopt. Potential adopters have to:
If you are not a British citizen, you have to have 'indefinite leave' to remain in Britain from the Home Office.
Our aim is to find adoptive parents for children away from their birth parents' area to help them make a fresh start. We need people interested in adopting children within 50 miles of Derby. This covers areas such as the East Midlands, Staffordshire and South Yorkshire. We also welcome people applying from Derby and Derbyshire.
We are also interested in hearing from people who have adopted children through another council or adoption agency.
We aim to prioritise adoptive parents who best match the specific needs of children we are trying to place. We do not assess applications from potential adopters on a 'first-come, first-served basis.'
No. You will need to have finished your fertility treatment for at least six months before you can apply to adopt. This is because we feel that people need time to finish this and then be able to make the full commitment needed for adoption.
Yes, there is a local and national shortage of adoptive parents for children from some ethnic minority and dual heritage backgrounds.
It can take around 6-9 months from the time you first make your application to start the process of becoming an adoptive parent. You will have a social worker who will support you through the process and offer you all the advice and guidance that you need. You will also need to attend a number of training groups. There are no examinations or coursework to complete. We will need to get references and carry out a Criminal Records Bureau check.
The value of Post adoption support has been recognised more in recent years as being crucial to the success of adoptive placements. A child's need for explanation and knowledge about his background may grow as he or she gets older. Their behaviour may increasingly reflect the impact of poor or abusive parenting in his early years.
We will support all adoptive parents through our own services or those of a family's adoption agency. We also have a responsibility to the birth parents of children placed for adoption and will provide support and counselling to them.
We operate a Post-Adoption Letter Box service to allow the exchange of photographs and letters between adopters and birth family members. We assist and support:
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There are many more children from all age groups and backgrounds needing adoptive parents. Please contact us for more information.