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The Adoption Process

CCS Adopter Rebecca shares her experience of the adoption process: 

“The approval process for adoption was an unexpectedly positive experience. We had a good relationship with our social worker who was very respectful of our families and lives but it gave us a chance to reflect on how we have been shaped by our circumstances and experiences and how this could influence our parenting. The process took just under a year but there was so much to absorb and reflect upon that this felt like the right amount of time to give to such an important decision – we wanted to be as prepared as we possibly could be prior to adoption.  Our assessment was a hugely enabling experience giving us quiet confidence in our abilities to take on vulnerable children with the knowledge when and how to access additional support in the coming years should it be needed. It was a valuable experience in its own right.”

Step by Step Guide to the Adoption Process

  1. Gathering Information

    Please request a CCS information pack. In order to meet your information needs, you will be contacted by our Adoption Worker either by email or telephone who will answer your questions and offer you an appointment to meet at our offices to discuss your interest in adoption.  You may then attend one of our Drop In sessions which is a casual event for people to ask questions and meet the team.

    When you feel ready to start the assessment process you will be invited to an Introduction to Adoption Day. This is designed to help you feel confident and informed about the training and support that is offered if you choose to apply to adopt through CCS.

  2. Stage 1 Expression of Interest

    Training and preparation begins once you have registered an expression of interest and we have accepted it.

  3. Stage 1 (should take 2 months this can vary according to circumstances).

    This is where the preparation training and assessment starts formally. This can be an intensive period of learning; for those applicants who wish to take more time to reflect or prepare themselves, it is possible to take a break during the process.

  4. Completion of Stage 1

    There will be an end of stage 1 meeting held between you and CCS staff that will review all of the information obtained to date.

  5. Choose to continue to Stage 2

    On successful completion of Stage 1, it is now possible to continue with Stage 2 or take a break of up to 6 months.

  6. Stage 2

    Should take 4 months and involves training and assessment. On receiving notification that you wish to continue with Stage 2, you will meet with your allocated Adoption Worker to create your assessment plan. This will include two further training days, approximately 5 interviews with the assessing Adoption Worker, your completion of written tasks, a proposed date of the completion of assessment report, and a proposed date of adoption panel meeting. You will receive a copy of the completed Prospective Adopters Report (PAR) (without references) and have the opportunity to comment on its contents.

  7. Adoption Panel

    The Panel meets monthly and makes a recommendation about whether or not your application should be approved. You are invited to attend the Panel meeting and participate in discussion of your application. The Panel’s recommendation then has to be ratified by the CCS’s Decision Maker and confirmed to you in writing within seven days. If your application is not approved and you disagree, you have the right either to make representation to CCS or to apply to the Independent Review Mechanism (IRM). Further information will be available to you at the point of making an application.

  8. Linking and Placement

    Once approved you are then able to consider specific children and move forward to a potential adoption placement. Your details will be referred to the South West Adoption Consortium and the National Adoption Register and/or you may choose to respond to a child/ren featured in Be My Parent or Adoption UK. We will work closely with you at this important time and continue to offer support throughout and beyond adoption. CCS provides a range of lifelong post adoption support.

Call us today on 0117 9350005 to start your adoption journey with CCS adoption. Register your interest here