Making the decision to apply to adopt is momentous, and one you will need as much information about as possible before making a final decision. This site aims to provide you with a wealth of information about adoption and the process involved.
The impact you can have on the life of a child is immense, however many people hesitate believing they are not special enough to adopt a child – they are wrong!
People who adopt children are ordinary people and live in ordinary families. But, the one extraordinary fact about them is that they have made a decision to give a child or children, a loving permanent family. We need people like these. We need people like YOU.
We understand how nervous and anxious, yet excited and hopeful you may feel when applying to adopt, and we hope this web site answers your questions, alleviates some of your concerns but most of all encourages and inspires you to become a child’s forever family.
About Adoption in the Black Country and Adoption Focus
Adoption in the Black Country & Adoption Focus is a joint venture between the four local authorities and one voluntary agency;
Many of the children waiting to be adopted are in sibling groups of 2 or more. They are from a variety of ethnic backgrounds; white, black, Asian and dual heritage. We need families from all social, cultural and religious backgrounds to come forward so we can match these children appropriately.
So, why Adopt with Adoption in the Black Country and Adoption Focus?
Working in partnership means we are able to offer a greater range of choice for children and adopters. By sharing information about waiting children and approved adopters it enables us to find home for children more efficiently. Our joint approach also enables us to run preparation courses much more frequently. By working together and pooling our knowledge, expertise and resources we are able to support the needs of all those whose lives are affected by adoption.
We are looking for adopters from right across the West Midlands region; from Bromsgrove to Bridgnorth, Worcester to Warwickshire, we are your local consortium.
For more information about adoption, or if you would like someone to contact you, please complete the on-line enquiry form or freephone: 0800 073 0597.
Why do children need Adopting?
Children who need permanent families are usually already being looked after by the local authority and are living with foster carers.
The reasons why children cannot return to their birth family are varied. Some parents have not experienced the kind of upbringing which enables them to cope as parents. Some children will have been emotionally or physically neglected or had very unsettled lives. Some have been subjected to physical or sexual abuse. Emotional neglect can be as damaging as physical neglect and children have to learn to feel secure and to trust again. Sadly, some children may never fully recover from these earlier experiences and may need ongoing support from medical or psychological services.
We will support you pre and post adoption and can refer you to professionals and organisations that can give you the support you need.
Most of the children are healthy and active, but others have physical disabilities or have learning difficulties. Children needing families come from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds, Asian, black, white and dual heritage. We try to place children with adoptive parents who reflect the child’s cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
What about the child’s birth family?
It is natural and right for a child to want to know about his or her birth family and therefore important that adoptive parents are able to have an understanding and acceptance of the birth parents part in the child’s life, whatever the circumstances.
The law expects all children to grow up knowing about their adoption and allows them at 18 years to have access to their adoption records. Therefore they need to have a gradual understanding of the facts throughout their childhood and adoptive parents are expected to help them with this.
In some situations birth parents have asked the Adoption agency to help by arranging the adoption. In other cases the parents may oppose the plans for adoption of their child, even when they are aware of their inability to bring the child up themselves. It can be extremely difficult for them to “let go”. However, many parents will help by providing information, photographs etc.
There is a move to greater openness in adoption and as prospective adopters you will need to consider the degree of openness you could accept. For example, for many adopted children there will be an ongoing exchange of information, of photographs and letters, between the adopters and the birth family. This exchange is enabled through a “Letter Box System”. This facility allows information to be exchanged through the agency and ensures that adopter whereabouts are kept confidential.
We do expect adopters to provide the adoption agency with written news about a child on an annual basis.
Before a child is placed with their new family the prospective adopters and the birth family may have a “one off” meeting. These meetings can be very helpful to all parties concerned but would only be arranged if it was felt to be appropriate. Some older children need to continue to see a parent or other family member, perhaps 2 or 3 times a year, with their adoptive parents there to support them.