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Post adoption support

Support for adopters

We have a team of specialist social workers dedicated to post adoption support.

Adoption can be challenging, but we can help you. We will also provide a special life story book for your adopted child with information about adoption, and why they’ve been adopted.

You can contact us about:

  • counselling, financial help, Suffolk support groups and advice
  • assessment of adoption support needs
  • details of specialist services and how to access them
  • therapeutic services
  • supporting your child to contact their birth family
  • training and workshops
  • intermediary service
  • access to a child’s records
  • support for children who have experienced loss and trauma
  • advice for adoptive parents moving to a different local authority

For more information, read the Adoption and Permanence Support Statement of Purpose 2017-2018 (PDF, 536KB).

Support for adopted children

We know that being an adopted child may not always be easy and there might be things that you don’t understand or would like help with. But there is always someone you can talk to.

These are some of things that you might want help with:

  • Information about your birth family.
  • Understanding why you were adopted.
  • Arranging to keep in touch with brothers and sisters, your birth mum or dad and other relatives and friends.
  • Understanding your feelings – sometimes you might feel angry or sad or just not know how you feel.
  • Coping with school, some children who are adopted find school very difficult and need extra help.

If you ask your parents about any of these things they might be able to help you themselves or they may know where to go to find out more. Your parents can also contact the Adoption Support Team in Suffolk to help answer these questions.

The Adoption Support Team has people who know a lot about adoption and who work with adopted children and young people and their families.

If you would like to talk to someone about any of these things, you or your parents can contact the Adoption Support Team on 01473 265700.

For more information, read the guide to children who have been adopted (PDF, 145KB)

Support for birth relatives of adopted children

Contact between an adopted child with their birth parents can help them understand more about their background and identity.

Arrangements for contact are agreed in writing before the child is adopted. This includes how often contact is made, and whether it is direct (in person) or indirect (by letter through our ‘letterbox’ service).

We can provide support for birth relatives wanting help with contact arrangements, counselling, or intermediary services.

For more information, read the letterbox guide for birth relatives (PDF, 264KB)

Support from PAC-UK

PAC-UK offer adoption support and counselling for our adopters. You can email them at advice@pac-uk.org.

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Will my child be able to find me after adoption?

From the age of 18 your child can ask for a copy of their original birth certificate, which will show:

  • their original name
  • the name of their birth mother
  • (possibly) the name of their birth father
  • their address when their birth was registered

The Adoption Contact Register can also help an adopted child get in touch with you.

Alternatively, adopted children can call 01473 265700 for advice about contacting their birth relatives.


Finding birth records for adopted adults

We provide support for adopted adults in Suffolk looking for their birth records and information about their birth family.

We can help you if:

  • you're over 18 years of age
  • you live in Suffolk
  • we have your adoption records

Call 01473 265700 to ask about your birth records or birth family.

For more information you can read our guide for supporting adopted adults (PDF, 76KB).

Adoption from care (Adoption Passport support guide)

Children adopted from care can sometimes have ongoing needs, which we can help with. We will assess your support needs and advise you on the services available to you.

Adoptive parents can have access to:

  • a copy of your child’s permanence report
  • a summary of your child’s health from Suffolk Adoption’s medical advisor
  • a ‘life story’ book of your child’s early life
  • an assessment of your child’s special educational needs

The adoption passport from First4Adoption gives an overview of the support that you may be entitled to as an adopter.

Adoption Support Fund

The government created the Adoption Support Fund to provide extra services and support for adoption.

The fund will pay for therapeutic services such as cognitive therapy, play, and music therapy.

Support for other authorities

Our adoption support services can also offer advice to other local authorities about:

  • adoption support services
  • assessments of need for support
  • availability of local services
  • how to work between other adoption agencies

Comments and complaints

If you're unhappy with the service we've provided, you can make a complaint.

If you're unsatisfied with the outcome of your complaint, you can refer it to the Local Government Ombudsman.

Arrange to speak to a foster carer or adoptive parent 

Call us: 01473 264800

Email us: fosterandadopt@suffolk.gov.uk

You can also leave feedback about our website.

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