Adoption - Stage Two
Stage 2 (takes approximately 4-6months)
Prospective Adopters Report (PAR) Assessment
During the assessment either your Adoption Advisor or a Social Worker will visit you at home to discuss why you want to adopt and the kind of children that you would best be able to care for. Together you will complete the Prospective Adopters Report (PAR) that will go to the Adoption Panel.
The Adoption Panel
The Adoption Panel includes social workers, adoptive parents, counsellors and advisors. They will discuss your PAR Report and will give their decision to the Agency Decision Maker.
Finding a suitable child or children
- When the Agency Decision Maker has approved your application, we will start looking for a suitable child or children for you. You can also start your own search by looking at Family Finding publications such as Be My Parent or Children Who Wait.
- When we have found a suitable child, we will provide you with all of the information that we have about the child. Photos and DVDs may be available at this stage. We will also discuss the child’s specific needs and, together, we will decide if they are a suitable match.
- This match then goes back to the Adoption Panel for approval.
- Once the Adoption Panel have decided that this is the right match, we arrange a planning meeting to see how the child or children can be introduced to your family. This will include visiting the child in their foster carer’s home, outings and visits by the child to your home.
We continue to support you after the child or children have joined your family.
- We visit regularly to see how you are getting on.
- You can meet other adopters at our monthly Post-Adoption Groups to discuss any issues you may have and look at any training opportunities that are available.
- We also hold fortnightly pre-school groups for adopted children and adopters called Sparkles.
The adoption becomes legal
- You cannot apply for an Adoption Order until the child has lived with you for 10 weeks.
- The court will not grant one until after they have been with you for at least 19 weeks.
- An adoption becomes legal only after the making of an Adoption Order in a court.
- This finally means that you are the legal parent of the child and nothing can revoke that.
Page last updated: 14/02/2014