Buckinghamshire County Council Adoption Service
What the Adoption Service does:
- Recruit, assess, train and support prospective adopters.
- Assist in the planning and placement for adoption, of children who are not able to safely return to the care of their birth families.
- Provide assessments for adoption support as well as some direct services, including support groups for adopted adults, adoptive parents and adopted children.
- Work with adopted adults and their relatives who wish to trace or be reunited with birth relatives.
- Work with family and friend carers including foster carers and Special Guardians.
- Provide ongoing support for adoptive parents and their families including:
- weekly surgeries, an opportunity to meet with support workers
- a monthly support group for adopted children
- regular training workshops for adoptive parents
- twice yearly social events for adoptive families
What the Adoption Service needs:
- Adoptive parents for children aged 3-9 years
- Foster For Adoption carers for children aged 0-3 years
- Especially adoptive parents who will consider children:
- as part of sibling groups
- of black or dual heritage
- above the age of 3 years –
- to care for children with disabilities of all ages
Who can adopt?
The Adoption Service welcomes enquires from the LGBT community. If you are in a partnership, either through marriage, civil partnership or a stable living arrangement you can both legally adopt a child. You will need to demonstrate that your partnership is stable, permanent and will be able to withstand the challenges that adoption can bring. They would usually expect couples to have been together for at least 3 years.
Single people can also adopt. This arrangement can be seen as a positive choice for some children. As with people in partnerships, applicants will need to show that they have strong and supportive network of family and friends to call on when they need to. They will also need to consider arrangements in the event that single applicants become ill or unable to look after the child after adopting a child.
Support for Adoptive Parents
Provides support and advice to Adopters and Special Guardians who live in Buckinghamshire or where the adoption/special guardianship was arranged by Buckinghamshire County Council.
An advice line in the afternoon Monday to Friday 13:00 – 17:00 (16:30 on a Friday) is available, please phone 01494 586626.
All adopters and special guardians are entitled to an assessment of need on request until their children are aged 18. Buckinghamshire County Council also offers a range of additional services over and above our statutory duty. Please call us to find out more.
If you are a birth parent or an adult adoptee and need some advice regarding adoption/special guardianship please contact Adoption Services.
The County Council offer free, informative evening sessions on adoption. If you are interested in attending a session, please see here for more details.
Services, Organisations & Contacts
Buckinghamshire Council’s Adoption Services
We offer a range of services to people who would like to adopt, families who have adopted, birth relatives and adopted adults too.
New Family Social
Buckinghamshire County Council is a member of New Family Social, the UK network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adoptive and foster families
Buckinghamshire Family Information Service
Information on adoption
Leading membership organisation dedicated to improving outcomes for children and young people in care by supporting agencies and professionals who work with them.
National service provided by the government to help those interested in adoption get some further information and find an agency close to them.