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Make an enquiry about adoption

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 6 December 2016  
  • Tuesday 17 January 2017 
  • Tuesday 28 February 2017 
  • Tuesday 11 April 2017 
  • Tuesday 23 May 2017 
  • Tuesday 4 July 2017 
  • Tuesday 15 August 2017 
  • Tuesday 26 September 2017 
  • Tuesday 7 November 2017

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.

Being Family is a new name for the Yorkshire and Humber Adoption Consortium. It began in the late 1980s to help North Lincolnshire Council and 14 other local councils find families for children.

Together we aim to develop and sustain outstanding adoption services across the region to achieve greater success in matched placements. We do this by helping people (both individuals and couples) to better understand the adoption process and to overcome their own anxieties about adopting. We help people to see what they can offer as adoptive parents as well as the personal rewards of being an adoptive parent.

North Lincolnshire Council works closely with other Being Family partners so we have the best chance of finding matches between children and parents.

Being Family represents a new approach to adoption in Yorkshire and Humber. It has been created to:

  • Help you learn about adoption
  • Support you through the adoption process
  • Create families
  • Support those families for as long as they need us

We know that considering becoming an adopter can be daunting and that the process of adoption can seem confusing. But we are here to help overcome any anxieties you might have by providing easy access to information, answering questions and offering support. Being Family helps by putting more of you in touch with us to help start on your path to adoption.

Adopting a child is one of the biggest decisions you can make and we understand that. There is no need to decide today whether you should adopt or not. We simply want to help you decide whether you want to take the next step along the path.

For information about adopting in the Yorkshire and Humber area please visit the Being Family website or call 0300 222 593.

You can also speak to us directly on 01724 297024. We welcome interest from those who live in North Lincolnshire and beyond. We are a small, experienced adoption team and we work hard to provide the best possible service.

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Contact details

adoption@northlincs.gov.uk

01724 297024

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

Opening hours

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

Last updated: 23/11/2016
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