Where to find support

The social workers in our support team are available to talk about any difficulties or issues you may be having and discuss what support could be helpful.

You can go to a local adoption office to meet with a social worker or we may be able to visit you at home if you prefer.

We will always speak to you as parents first, and in some cases, we will then speak with your child/ren (with your consent) to understand their wishes and feelings, which helps us to identify what support is needed.

Adoption passport

The adoption passport is a support guide for adoptive parents and you can use it to find out exactly what support is available for you and your child.

Adoption Support Fund

The Adoption Support Fund provides funding to help adoptive parents pay for therapeutic services following adoption.

To access the Fund, you will need to have an assessment of your family’s adoption support needs. Contact us to request an assessment.

If the assessment identifies that therapeutic services would be beneficial to your family, your local authority will apply to the Fund on your behalf, who will then release funding to the local authority.

More information about eligibility and the type of support you can receive through the fund is available on the First 4 Adoption website.

Events

We coordinate a number of events throughout Devon, Plymouth, Somerset and Torbay. These include workshops, training events, and therapeutic parenting courses for adopters to expand their knowledge on particular topics. These events also allow adopters to meet each other and hear specific topics of interest.

We arrange social events for families and children to get together and also some summer activities for children and young people to participate in.

Regular communications

We send regular newsletters to all adopters with news of events around the county as well as other items of interest and also email updates, as and when needed. To subscribe to our Adopt South West newsletters for adopters, please email adoptsouthwestsupport@devon.gov.uk