Surrey County Council
|Type||Local Authority Agency|
Surrey Adoption Service
35 Guildford Road
|Postal Code||GU22 7QQ|
|Phone Number||08000 96 96 26|
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Surrey Adoption Service provides a wide range of adoption services from assessment of prospective adopters to supporting them following placement of their children and assisting adopted adults who wish to seek information about the circumstances of their adoption. If your interest is in intercountry adoption we have a service level agreement with the Intercountry Adoption Centre who manage enquires in this very specialist area.
We are lucky to have a skilled and experienced group of social workers and family support workers, and we are well supported by our referral and information officer and the business support team who will usually provide the first point of contact for enquirers.
We are also members of the Adoption South Central Adoption Consortium which covers much of the south east region, and work closely with our colleagues from other local authorities and voluntary adoption agencies to enable a wide range of adopters to be available for children with adoption care plans.
We have educational psychologists seconded to the team, and enjoy close working relationships with colleagues in CAMHS and Youth Support Services and partnerships with Adoption UK and the Post Adoption Centre. These partnerships are key to delivering targeted support where it is most needed to families following an assessment of post order support needs.
As part of our standard offer of support families can access a secure website for Surrey adopters, receive newsletters and notifications of support groups, training events and attend family events.
Children Awaiting Placement
In a typical year we expect to place over 50 children in adoptive families, including sibling groups. We have been very successful in recruiting high numbers of adopters over the past 2 years, and this means that currently we are focussing our efforts on recruiting adopters who are open minded about adopting children who risk waiting for a family, or who could consider a foster for adoption arrangement.
We are most interested in applicants able to consider sibling groups, children with health or developmental complexities, and black and ethnic minority children. Whilst most new applications accepted involve people living within Surrey we will take a case by case approach to applicants interested in adopting from the above groups if they live within an hours travel from our Woking base.
As of December 2017 our priorities will be to find families for:
- single children of all ages
- children with additional health and development needs
- children from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds.
We review our recruitment needs every three months to ensure that we recruit the right adopters for our children.
For more information visit www.surreycc.gov.uk