The Adoption Process...


Initial Preparation and Training

Once we have received your application, we will kick off the next stage, focused around initial preparation and training. We will start by setting out the expectations and responsibilities prior to you beginning your training, carry out the relevant checks and obtain references. Over a 2 week period you will attend around 3 full training days, providing you with a wealth of information about adoption, children's needs, challenges you may face and the commitment involved. The training also gives you a great chance to meet others that have adopted children.

Further Training and Assessment

Following our approval and your acceptance you will be allocated a dedicated social worker and begin an intensive training, preparation and assessment period.

Your social worker will...

  • Talk to you about the expectations
  • Explain the decision making process and the adoption panel
  • Confirm your responsibilities and provide a process timetable
  • Develop a report for the panel on your suitability to adopt, which you can contribute to.

Other aspects of Stage 2 are...

  • Home visits
  • Visits to your 3 personal references
  • Seek an employer reference if you work with vulnerable children, or have in the past
  • Further checks, contact any previous significant partners or adult children
  • Full medical check by your GP.

Adoption Panel

The panel will review your application and report, then you will be invited to meet them. Chaired by an experienced childcare professional, independent from the Blackburn with Darwen, the panel consists of a number of people including, your own, and other social workers. Following their recommendation, a senior officer in children's services will decide if you are approved or not.

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