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
Post adoption support group
This is a support group for adoptive parents and is there to support you alongside your own family and friends. The group will give you an opportunity to:
- Meet other adoptive parents of children
- Share experiences of life with your child
- Share and discuss strategies and celebrate success
The group can also help you explore other issues such as:
- Sensory integration
- Executive functioning
- Eating/food issues
- The brain
- Pace (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity, Empathy) parenting principles
- Looking after yourself
- Triggers from your own childhood
Contact with the birth family
In most circumstances, children who are adopted will continue to have some level of contact with their birth family even if this is through indirect means such as annual letters. We have a dedicated Contact Coordinator to support both adoptive and birth parents in this.
Through the adoption training, our adopters are advised and supported in how to maintain links with birth family members.
Get help for a looked after or adopted child
The Looked After and Adopted Children Support and Therapeutic Team can be accessed by contacting the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 01709 823987.
Early years education funding
All 2-year-olds who have been adopted from Council care are entitled to 570 hours a year of government-funded early education over at least 38 weeks of the year. This is equivalent to 15 hours free early education each week.
Adoption Support Fund (ASF)
The Adoption Support Fund (ASF) is a new fund established to help pay for essential therapy services for adoptive families as and when they need it. A Social Worker within the Post Adoption Support Team will complete an assessment and made an application to the fund on your behalf.
You can also get further information from Being Family, a new initiative by the Yorkshire and Humber Adoption Consortium.
Support for birth parents and birth relatives
Is your child no longer with you or is there a chance this may happen? PAC-UK offer free advice and support for birth mothers, fathers and relatives.