Here you can find useful links to other adoption resources and support services.
Families for Children have an agreement with PACT (a fellow voluntary adoption agency based in Brighton, Reading and London) who run an online support service called Adopter Hub. We have an agreed number of 'log ins' that we can give to Families for Children adopters for an initial free 12 month period. After then, should you wish to continue there is an annual fee payable to Families for Children.
The Adopter Hub offers the following and are always interested in new ideas from adopters as it is a space for you to get the most out of it:
- An Adopter Forum – open 24/7 for adopters to share ideas and experiences
- One to One Web Chat with Fellow Adopters – which is live from 12-2pm and 8-10pm weekdays – facilitated by adopter peer support volunteers
- Webinars – a variety of online training events on a range of subjects – there is also an extensive back catalogue of previous webinars on other topics
- E-Learning – on Attachment – which is available to dip into whenever you need
If your're LGBT+ in the UK you can adopt and foster. Wherever you are in your adoption or fostering journey, New Family Social’s LGBT+ peer support network offers advice and support every step of the way.
New Family Social is the only national LGBT+ adoption and fostering charity in the UK. It provides support, improves the treatment of LGBT+ people in the adoption and fostering process, encourages inclusion and works directly with its members and agencies to find more new families for children in care. The charity:
- Provides a social network
- Promotes LGBT+ families
- Provides direct help
Living with FASD South West supports families in Devon and Cornwall living with the affects of FASD. They offer the following:
- Signposting reading material;
- Signposting professional support;
- Sharing strategies;
- Offering the opportunity to meet up with others in the same situation.
Click here for more details.
PAC-UK is the country’s largest independent Adoption Support Agency.
PAC-UK provide anyone who has been affected by adoption or other forms of permanent care, as well as the professionals who support them, with expert, independent advice and counselling. Services include:
- Advice line staffed by qualified and experienced PAC-UK counsellors who can provide advice and information on all aspects of adoption and other forms of permanent care;
- Peer advice line staffed by experienced adopters offering understanding, a listening ear and signposting to further services;
- An adult counselling and intermediary service;
- A child and family service;
- An education service;
- A first family service for birth parents and birth relatives;
- A peer service;
- A range of support groups for birth parents and adoptive parents (all groups are informal, confidential and free of charge);
- A training service offering a comprehensive training programme focussing on topics specific to adoption and permanent placement.
For further information about PAC-UK click here.
Link Maker provides features in adoption, placement commissioning and for placement providers.
Adoption - Link Maker increases placement choice for children awaiting adoption, creating a UK-wide pool of available adopters, and improving the use of data and collaboration between local authorities and independent adoption agencies.
Placement Commissioning - Link Maker is used by almost every local authority in the UK to increase placement choice for children. Link Maker work with authorities, providers and national leads, across all care settings, to ensure that collaboration and data use is effectively supported.
Placement Providers - While Link Maker is used by nearly every local authority in the UK for adoptive matching, over one-third of authorities across England are preparing to pilot a new platform for commissioning fostering and residential placements. The platform is funded by authorities, and free to placement providers. It offers the potential for greater efficiency, and a greater focus on individual needs, in the way placements are commissioned.
To find out more about this service click here.
First4Adoption is the national information service for people interested in adopting a child in England. First4Adoption give clear and impartial information about adopting and can put you in touch with adoption agencies in your area.
They can help you whether:
- you are in the early stages of considering adoption;
- have a specific question about your eligibility or individual circumstances;
- want to know more about what it means to become an adoptive parent;
- would like to find out how to take the next steps;
- have questions at any stage of the assessment process;
- would like to know about support available post-adoption.
To find out more about First4Adoption click here.