Adoption in Camden

Adoption support

When we have found an adoptive family for a child we draw up an adoption support plan. This gives details of the kind of services we will provide for the adoptive family to help them care for their child.

Examples of adoption support services

  • counselling, advice and information
  • help with contact arrangements, including mediating with the birth family
  • support groups for adoptive families
  • training and workshops
  • financial support
  • therapeutic services for your child

When does adoption support start?

Adoption support can start as soon as your child goes to live with you and can continue until your child is 18. This is even if the Adoption Order hasn’t been granted. As your child’s needs may change over time, the support plan is reviewed at least once a year. This is to make sure you are receiving the right kind of support.

I live outside Camden

If you live outside Camden but you adopt a Camden child, we will assess your need for adoption support and decide if we can provide any services for up to three years following the granting of an Adoption Order. After three years, if you live outside of the London Borough of Camden, you will need to apply to the local authority where you live about an assessment for any future adoption support. We will help you in making contact with this authority if needed.

More information

More information about adoption support services can be found in our booklet Adoption Support Services for Adoptive Families. Contact the adoption team to obtain a copy. Camden has produced an Adoption Support Handbook in conjunction with the North London Adoption Consortium.

Adoption Support Fund

The Adoption Support Fund was established because many families need some kind of support following adoption and too many have struggled to get the help they need in the past. The Fund enables them to access the services they need more easily in future. The Fund is available for children up to and including the age of 18 (or 25 with a SEN statement) who are adopted from local authority care in England or adopted from Wales but living in England. To access the Fund, you will need to have an assessment of your family’s adoption support needs by the local authority. The local authority that placed your child with your is responsible for assessing your adoption support needs for three years after the adoption. After three years it becomes the responsibility of the local authority where you live (if different). Where the social worker identifies that therapeutic services would be beneficial to your family, they will apply to the Fund on your behalf, who will release funding to the local authority.

A new guide to the Adoption Support Fund has just been launched. The Adoption Support Fund – the First Year includes information for parents about how to access the Fund as well as examples of how it has worked well. The guide is designed to help parents understand what the Fund is, what it will pay for and how they can apply.

A monthly Adoption Support Fund newsletter was launched in November 2015 to bring news, views and information to parents that should help make clear what is available for all adopters and prospective adopters. The monthly publication highlights the fantastic work that is being undertaken to support families.

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