Meet the 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.
Skills we look for
The most important qualification is the ability to give the love, stability and safe nurturing environment a child needs. You'll also need the commitment, patience, energy and sense of humour to make a success of this life-changing commitment.
We're looking for people from different backgrounds and experiences to suit individual children. But we particularly need adopters for brothers and sisters (more than one child), children from black and minority ethnic groups, and children with special needs.
The adoption journey
Is a process which can lead to a fulfilling and happy life for you and your future family. In order for us to help, you first need to know what the journey is, and what is involved. These steps below will guide you through the nine-month process.
During the first stage, you will be asked to complete some learning and supplemental reading as well as a one day preparation training session. This is designed to develop your awareness of adoption and encourage you to explore adoption further.
During this time your allocated social worker will request the necessary checks and references and support you in your learning and development.
This stage should take two months.
This stage usually takes four months to complete, and at the end a decision will be made about whether you will be approved as an adopter.
You will have regular assessment sessions with your allocated social worker, who will complete a report for the adoption panel.
There will also be four more training days to further your learning and to cover topics such as family finding and contact with birth parents.
Once the report is completed you will be asked to attend adoption panel, where a recommendation will be made about your suitability to adopt. This recommendation is then considered by the agency decision maker.
Once you are in Stage 2 of the adoption process we will start family finding. Your assessing social worker will liaise with the Family Finders to identify children whose needs you are able to meet.
As Rotherham Adoption agency is part of Rotherham Council, the Adoption team have good links with frontline Social Workers who are responsible for children with an adoption plan. The Adoption Team also work closely with organisations such as the Yorkshire and Humber Consortium, Be My Parent, Children Who Wait and the National Adoption Register.
Throughout the family finding process, you will have professional support from your Social Worker and Family Finders who work hard to ensure that you are matched with the right child as quickly as possible.
Once a child is placed with you there will be visits from your Social Worker as well as the child’s Social Worker. This is to make sure that as a family, you are receiving all the support that you need. They can make referrals to our therapeutic team who are there to make sure that, as a family, you are receiving all the support that you need and can make referrals to our therapeutic team if needed, as well as group support. This help will be provided until the Adoption Order is granted.