Post adoption support

Southwark offers support and services to those affected by adoption, including the child/ren, adoptive parents, adult adoptees and birth families.

Adoptive parents and children

  • at the request of adopters, we'll undertake a ‘needs assessment’ as well as review the adoption support plan if the child is under 18 years old
  • we make applications to the Adoption Support Fund
  • we offer advice about therapeutic interventions and work closely with our local Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) team; Carelink offer assessments and therapy if a child and their family need therapeutic support
  • we offer advice or signpost families to specialist agencies regarding educational issues
  • we arrange and facilitate direct contact between the adopted child and their birth relatives
  • we monitor and facilitate letter box contact
  • we offer training:
    • Great Behaviour Breakdown training (every three months) - 3 day intensive workshop providing step-by-step instructions on how to effectively reduce and eliminate difficult behaviours; by understanding the Stress Model, which draws on the work of Bryan Post, Daniel Siegel and Dan Hughes’ Brain Based Parenting, you'll learn how to use the 3 phase intervention and parent through connection
    • Saturday workshops - range of subjects related to the adoption experience
  • we also organise an annual adoption party and pay the first year membership with Adoption UK or New Family Social; adopters can also join the support group We Are Family (led by adopters)
  • the group Single adopters is run within the consortium

Adopted child or adult

  • assist adopted adults in accessing their birth and adoption records
  • Intermediary service - if the adopted adult locates a birth relative and wants to make contact, we'll make arrangements

If you need to speak to someone about post adoption support, contact:

The Permanency Helpline Adviser
020 7525 4491

Once you've adopted a child, we offer a number of support mechanisms to help you and the child settle into their new life.

We offer professional support, but also encourage informal support gained through the forming of peer relationships through preparation groups. This way, you can be supported by a network of people going through the same process. However, this isn't mandatory and some applicants prefer not to do so.

For more information about post adoption, contact us by email postpermanence@southwark.gov.uk.

Page last updated: 17 October 2017