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Supporting you throughout your journey

The adoption service recognises the importance of supporting adopters throughout this journey, which includes support after you have adopted a child (or children).

Before a child is placed with you for adoption a clear plan of support will have been agreed. This plan will be reviewed and updated to make sure you and the child (or children) are receiving all the support you need.

If you adopt through Rotherham Council, we have a duty to provide post adoption support for three years. After this, the responsibility passes to the council where you live.

Rotherham is very lucky that we have a therapeutic team managed by a clinical psychologist, and individual support and therapy is available alongside support groups offered by the adoption team and the therapeutic team.


Our team

We are an enthusiastic and dedicated team who are here to support you on your adoption journey.

As well as our team of Social Workers we have:

  • An Initial Visit Social Worker who will visit you at home at a time that suits you
  • A Family Finding Team who will help you in your journey to complete your family
  • A Contact Coordinator who acts as a mediator between you and the birth family in maintaining letterbox contact which is an important part of adoption and your child’s identity.

Preparation training

Preparation training will take place in stage one and stage two.

These are full days, run by a social worker and family support worker.

Training during stage one

  • Day one– First steps on the adoption journey

Training during stage two

  • Day one – Child abuse and the effect on the adopted child
  • Day two– Attachment, child development and positive parenting
  • Day three – Grief, loss and contact
  • Day four – Looking forward and looking back

Support groups

As well as the individual support offered the agency facilitates group support including:

  • Stay and play session on a fortnightly basis for children and their parents
  • Monthly play session for primary school aged children with their parents
  • Monthly support group for parents

Post adoption support

No matter where you are in your journey, we are there to support you. Whether you are a newly approved adopter, or have adopted 5 years ago and live in Rotherham, our unique therapeutic team have a range of services available to our adopters to support you and your family

Find out more


Adopting teenagers

For more information on adopting teenagers, contact the Adopted Teens Identity website for the Yorkshire and Humber Adoption Consortium.

Visit the AT-iD website


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