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Changes to adoption services - Yorkshire and Humber 

In Yorkshire and the Humber adoption services are changing to be delivered on a regional basis. This means that local authorities will no longer be individually providing adoption services but will combine to form a larger, more effective regional adoption agency. 

In the north of Yorkshire and the Humber this will be happening in stages over the next few months. From April the local authorities in the area will be recruiting adopters jointly through a new regional recruitment website; One Adoption or by calling 01904 566007.

‘One Adoption North and Humber’ will join together North East Lincolnshire Council; Hull City Council; North Yorkshire County Council; City of York Council; East Riding of Yorkshire Council; North Lincolnshire Council, the Voluntary Adoption Agencies (VAAs) including Adoption Support Agencies (ASAs).

What does this mean if I want to adopt in my area?

Working regionally will allow children to be placed in a more timely way and improve the adoption and therapeutic support offer as well as enabling us to share best practice and develop our services more effectively. While the names of the agency in your local area will eventually change, the people and ethos remains the same. Our aim being to continue to provide quality adoption support that meets the needs of those involved in adoption. We will:

  • share good practice across the region;
  • place children for adoption in a more timely way;
  • recruit families for the children who are waiting;
  • share across the region the range and accessibility and quality of adoption support;
  • provide a timely assessment and approval process for those wanting to adopt.

Adoption and fostering information evenings    

We invite anyone with an interest in adoption or fostering to come along to one of our information evenings to talk privately to a social worker who can answer any queries you may have.

We would particularly like to hear from people who are interested in caring for children of all age groups, children with additional needs and sibling groups.

The events take place at the Learning Development Centre in Scunthorpe from 5.30pm to 8pm on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 23 May 2017 
  • Tuesday 4 July 2017 
  • Tuesday 15 August 2017 
  • Tuesday 26 September 2017 
  • Tuesday 7 November 2017

Make an enquiry about adoption

On 1 May 2015 the Adoption Support Fund (ASF) became available to adopters throughout England. It brings more than £19 million extra funding on line to support families.

You can learn more about the ASF by contacting your local Adoption Service. You can contact North Lincolnshire Adoption Service on 01724 297024.  Please ask to speak to the Adoption Duty Worker.

Useful information about the fund

Who is eligible?

The ASF is available to all children adopted from care and not just newly adopted children.
The ASF will pay for post-adoption-order support for children adopted from care in England, or living in England having moved from care in Wales up to age 18 (25 with a SEND statement).

It won't (as with several other elements of adoption support) be applicable to inter-country adoptions or non-agency adoptions.

Local Authorities, independent providers (Ofsted registered) and NHS providers (offering services within the scope of the ASF) can all provide services through the ASF. Provision is to be delivered in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland only.

The process

  1. If you want to access the fund then you will need to approach your local authority for an assessment of adoption support needs.

  2. The local authority that places the child with you is responsible for assessing your adoption support needs for three years after the adoption. After that, it becomes the responsibility of the local authority where you live.

  3. Local authorities will be able to submit applications for funding before an Adoption Order, so adopters can receive a continuous package of support following the Adoption Order being made. 

  4. The local authority considers if therapeutic support is needed, the type required and if it is eligible for payments from the fund.

  5. The adopter and the local authority will look at the support that is available.

  6. The local authority applies directly to the Adoption Support Fund on behalf of the adopter. Adopters cannot apply directly to the fund themselves.

  7. The Adoption Support Fund approves the funding and the funds are transferred to the local authority.

What sort of support will the ASF pay for?

The fund will pay for therapeutic services that are not currently provided. These include therapeutic parenting courses and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy among others.
Other examples of support the fund will consider:

  • Adult Psychotherapy
  • Theraplay
  • Play Therapy
  • Drama Therapy
  • Therapeutic Life Story Work
  • Equine Therapy
  • Attachment workshops and PACE groups

Please do not hesitate to contact the Adoption Team on 01724 297024. They will be happy to answer any questions you have.

If a post adoption support assessment has been completed and you are unhappy with the outcome, then you can make a complaint by going through the complaints process

Do you know someone who is eligible for Pupil Premium Plus? 

Pupil Premium Plus is available to pupils from reception age to Year 11 in state funded education in England who;

  • Have been adopted from care in England and Wales
  • Left care under a Special Guardianship Order (SGO), or
  • Left care under a Child Arrangements Order (CAO, formerly known as a Residence Order)

In 2013 the Department for Education (DfE) introduced Pupil Premium Plus for looked after and previously looked after children. In doing this the DfE acknowledged the enduring impact of trauma and loss in children's lives and the key role of schools in supporting children who have had a difficult start in life. Pupil Premium Plus is currently £1,900 per child (as at December 2015). 

In order to access the funding parents and guardians must declare their child’s adoptive, SGO or CAO status directly to the school before the school completes the January Census.

Parents and Guardians must provide evidence, for example, a copy of the legal order or confirmation letter from the Local Authority who placed their child. The school then needs to ensure that this is declared on the census in order for the money to be allocated to them. 

More information can be found in the Pupil Premium information leaflet [PDF, 217Kb] or by contacting the North Lincolnshire Adoption Team on 01724 297024

We urgently require adopters who can consider sibling groups or children with more complex needs. We welcome interest from those who live in North Lincolnshire. We also consider those who live outside of North Lincolnshire. We are always looking for adopters that we will be able to place North Lincolnshire children with.

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Contact details


01724 297024

Adoption Service
Church Square House
30-40 High Street
North Lincolnshire
DN15 6NL

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday: 9am to 5pm
Friday: 9am to 4.30pm

Last updated: 21/04/2017
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