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Support: Regional Adoption Agency

Everyone that adopts with us will be supported throughout their adoption journey and beyond.

Support during your journey

During the adoption journey, you will have a dedicated social worker who can offer advice, answer any questions and guide you through the process. You will also attend various training courses and preparation groups to gain a realistic insight on what it takes to become an adoptive parent and develop the confidence and skills you need.

Find out more about the adoption journey including how we can help you through the process.

Support for adoptive families

After you become an adoptive parent, there are various services available to support families which you can access if you wish:

  • adoption support phone line
  • adopter’s training
  • adoption support assessments and plans, including applications to the Adoption Support Fund for therapeutic support
  • therapeutic parenting and therapeutic services for young people including Theraplay, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and life story work.
  • support with contact and letterbox scheme
  • young people’s programme of events
  • education support and advice

Support after adoption

If you have already adopted with Derby City Council, Nottingham City Council, Derbyshire County Council or Nottinghamshire County Council, your support will continue with the Regional Adoption Agency’s adoption support team - made up of qualified social workers and support staff with specialist adoption experience.

We also offer support to adoptive families across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire who have adopted with another organisation (for example if you have moved into this area), from three years after their adoption order. 

The support and advice on offer includes:

  • emails and access to a website with information about activities, resources, training opportunities and advice for adopters
  • access to training events and great opportunities to meet other adopters.
  • services for young people, including events and information for adopted children and young people
  • events for adoptive families
  • advice when your child has difficulties at school.

People who have been adopted

A range of support and advice is available to people that have been adopted.

Children under 18 can:

  • meet other adopted children and young people at our young people's events
  • talk to the adoption support team about being adopted.

Adults over 18 can:

  • access adoption records
  • receive birth records counselling
  • get advice on tracing birth relatives
  • get advice on intermediary services to contact birth family members.

Birth relatives

Throughout the adoption process support, information and counselling is available to a member of a family where a child has been adopted. 

For support and counselling before a child is placed into adoption, the Independent Birth Family Counselling Service can provide confidential services for birth relatives. You can access this service by talking to the social worker involved in your case.

Intermediary services for adopted relatives

We provide advice and guidance for adopted adults and birth relatives regarding Intermediary services. If you are seeking support around making contact with an adopted relative or birth family member, please contact the Adoption Support team on the details below who will be able to advise you on local and national services that can offer this support.

Contact Adoption Support

For more information, or to access any of the above services, please contact the adoption support team on 0115 804 4500.