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Adoption frequently asked questions

Adoption frequently asked questions

  • Adoption in the 21st century is a much more open process than it was in the past and most of the children who need adoption will have some form of ongoing contact with their birth families
  • This may be occasional face-to-face contact or it may be by letter or a combination of both
  • These contact arrangements are usually supported by staff from the adoption service, to ensure they continue to be in the child’s best interest
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  • Financial support may be available in some circumstances, where the needs of the child and/or adopters have been assessed
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  • Wiltshire provides a county-wide adoption support service
  • A variety of support activities, including social events and ongoing training programmes are offered to adopters
  • When adopters are matched with a child an assessment is made in relation to their ongoing needs for support as a family
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  • The adoption ‘post-box’ service facilitates the exchange of letters, cards and photographs between adopted children and their birth families, where it has been agreed that there should be ongoing, indirect contact between them, in the child’s best interest
  • There is an information leaflet that gives more information about this service
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  • You need to initially contact the Office for National Statistics (Adoption Section) on 0845 6013034. They will ask you to complete an application form, giving your current details and any details you have of your adoption
  • The Office for National Statistics will then write to the Social Services Department in the area where you now live, requesting that they provide a counsellor to help you access your adoption file
  • This counsellor will make contact with you and arrange to meet you
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  • If you are seeking information about a relative who has been adopted please contact Adoption Service at Wiltshire Council, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, BA14 8JN or by telephone on 01225 716510
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Last updated: 4 July 2016 | Last reviewed: 4 July 2016