Post-Adoption Support

Post-Adoption Support

Due to early trauma and and separation, adopted children have often developed certain coping mechanisms that means they can find it difficult to form relationships and display challenging behaviour.

You will have learned various techniques during your preparation training on how to cope with this but as you get to know your child you will become aware of the complexities of their issues.

It’s important to recognise at this point that this is the norm and that there are various parenting skills courses and therapies available to help you and your child overcome the issues you’re experiencing.

The first step is to contact your local authority to request a needs assessment for support funded by the Adoption Support Fund. In this video, Jane, who adopted twins, talks about the impotance of asking for support when it’s needed.

How to access the support you need

Adoption Support Fund application process

More about the adoption support fund

Comments and Complaints

If you are unhappy with the support provided by your local authority, or with the time taken to carry out an assessment, you can complain using your local authority’s complaints procedure. Thereafter if you are not satisfied you may be able to refer your complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman.