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What happens after I have adopted?

What happens after I have adopted

Adopting a child can be rewarding and sometimes challenging.

Many adoptive families find that at some point their family could benefit from outside advice and support, from people who understand that adopted children and their parents have particular issues to cope with during childhood and beyond. 

Adoption support services are available in Wiltshire to help at these times.

Wiltshire Council is responsible for providing an assessment for adoption support services:

  • If you adopted a child through Wiltshire Council and it is less than three years since the adoption order was made, Wiltshire Council will be the lead agency to provide you with support, wherever you live. After three years it is the responsibility of the authority where you live to provide support to your family.
  • If you live in Wiltshire and it is over three years since your child's adoption order was made, Wiltshire Council is responsible for providing support. It does not matter which agency initially placed your child.
  • If you adopted from overseas and live in Wiltshire, the Council can give you support.
  • If you are an adopted child under the age of 18 years, you can contact the Council for support.
  • If you are a step-parent family who has adopted your partner's child, we can give you support.

The Adoption Support Team will carry out an adoption support assessment at your request. It will explore your particular situation, circumstances and needs and determine what resources are available locally to help you. From this assessment we will make a plan.

All local authorities must act reasonably in deciding whether to provide adoption support services following an assessment

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Last updated: 4 July 2016 | Last reviewed: 4 July 2016