What adoption is, who can become an adoptive parent, how you can apply, the support you receive and where you can get more information.
"Adoption is a way of providing a new family for children who cannot be brought up by their own parents. It's a legal procedure in which all the parental responsibility is transferred to the adopters. Once an adoption order has been granted it can't be reversed except in extremely rare circumstances. An adopted child loses all legal ties with their birth parents and becomes a full member of the new family, usually taking the family's name."
British Association of Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) 2014.
If you believe you can answer yes to all the following, then there is a good chance you could be an adoptive parent:
The final decision will always be made after taking time to get to know you and your circumstances, but answering yes to the above is enough to start thinking about the process.
You can be:
There are many children across the UK needing adopting every year. These children are from a great variety of age and backgrounds.
Some of these children are babies but many of these children are of school age and some of them are in groups of brothers and sisters who need to be placed together. There are also disabled children and children whose future development is unclear.
Some of these children have been abused and/or neglected; some have experienced moves and uncertainty.
In the East Riding we are particularly interested in hearing from people who are interested in sibling adoption.
Your adoption journey starts when you contact East Riding of Yorkshire Council adoption team on:
Telephone (01482) 396469.
Our duty officer will help you complete an adoption enquiry form over the phone. If the duty officer is satisfied that you have met the basic requirements, you will be invited to attend an adoption information event.
Once you have attended the information event and decided to progress, you should let us know by calling us on (01482) 396469. Alternatively you can send us an enquiry.
Once we have your confirmation, one of our adoption social workers will visit you at your home. They will write a report with a recommendation.
Once the recommendation is signed off by the adoption manager, you will be notified officially about the outcome of the visit. If the manager endorses the social worker’s recommendation, he will also send you an expression of interest form with his letter. If the adoption manager doesn't endorse the recommendation you will be notified by telephone and in writing, giving the reasons for the decision.
The official adoption assessment process begins once the adoption manager has received your completed expression of interest form.
The process is divided into two stages:
Stage 1 should take no longer than two months. You will be expected to attend a three day induction training course and learn about what is involved in adoption. You are required to sign a written agreement which sets out the responsibilities between you and the council.
Within stage 1, the council will undertake police and health checks. You are required to provide the names of four referees, two of whom cannot be related to you. The council will interview each referee and make a written report of the interviews with them.
We will inform you of our decision at the end of Stage 1 and you are expected to inform the council if you wish to proceed to Stage 2. You can take a break of up to six months between Stage 1 and 2.
Stage 2 is expected to take up to four months. It involves a more intensive assessment and preparation so that you are ready to apply for approval to adopt a child. A report will be written at the end of the Stage 2 and it will be shared with you. The report then goes before the East Riding adoption panel. The panel will make a recommendation and the final decision lies with the agency decision maker. The decision maker is a nominated person within the adoption agency who has the legal responsibility to make an approval decision.
Once you are approved, your social worker will support you in being ‘matched’ with a child or children. The information gathered during your assessment helps us in this matching process and ensures you are the right family for the child/ren.
If we cannot match you with a child/ren through East Riding of Yorkshire Council, we will discuss with you before extending our search for a match to other local authorities.
During the matching process, we will support you to gather as much information about the child/ren as possible. When everyone agrees that a suitable match is made, you will be presented to the adoption matching panel for consideration.
Once the panel’s recommendation of a match has been ratified by the agency decision maker, a planning meeting will be set up with a detailed plan for introduction. Introduction is a time when you get to know the child, their routines and their likes and dislikes.
You may be asked to prepare a letter, book or video for the child before you meet them, depending on their age. This is to help the child learn more about you. You will be introduced to the child gradually. There is no set pattern for introductions and no fixed timescales, as each child is different and their needs will vary. A mid-point review will be held before a decision is made for the child/ren to move into your home.
The child’s social worker and your assessing social worker will take turns to visit you and the child/ren at your home after the placement. A looked after child review will take place to assess whether the adoption placement is going well within a month after the child/ren have been placed.
Ten weeks after the child/ren move into your home, you can make an application to the court for an Adoption Order for the child/ren.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council has a dedicated adoption support team to provide training, guidance and family activities to all East Riding adoptive families.
We have a dedicated ‘post box co-ordinator’ who facilitates indirect contact between birth families and adopted children.
We also have a service level agreement with the charitable organisation, ‘After Adoption’ to provide support and guidance for adopted people once they turned 18:
After adoption - helping people who have adopted (external website)
The first place to look is our most commonly asked questions about adoption.
You can also see a full copy of our printed adoption brochure below:
One Adoption - The Step by Step Adoption Process Guide (pdf 2mb opens in new window)
The adoption team offers support and advice before, during and after the adoption process. In some cases, we are supported by:
GOV.UK - Adoption section (external website)
British Association for Fostering and Adoption (external website)
Adoption UK (external website)
After Adoption (external website)
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By phone: (01482) 396469
East Riding of Yorkshire Council Adoption TeamRoom BF64County HallBeverleyHU17 9BA
Adoption services in Yorkshire and Humber are changing. East Riding of Yorkshire Council and the other local authorities in the North Yorkshire and Humber area are combining to form a single regional adoption agency to benefit adopters and children waiting for adoption, called One Adoption North and Humber.
One Adoption North and Humber brings together adoption services from North East Lincolnshire, Hull City, North Yorkshire, City of York, East Riding of Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire councils, to provide a one-stop regional adoption service.
Our priority is to place children needing adoption without delay with families able to meet their needs, streamline the assessment and approval process for people who want to adopt and provide support to adoptive families. By working together as a regional agency we will:
Although we are part of a new regional agency, we will continue to deliver adoption services at a local level. Adoption staff will continue to work in the local offices with children’s social work staff to ensure continuity of care and support for children and families.
Further information, including how to adopt is available on the One Adoption North and Humber website:
One Adoption for Yorkshire & Humber (external website)
Alternatively, call us on 01904 566007.