Adoption and Fostering


What is adoption?

Adoption is a way of providing permanent new families for children who can’t be brought up by their biological parents or extended family.

It’s a legal procedure in which parental responsibility is transferred to the adopters. Once an Adoption Order has been granted, it can’t be reversed. An adopted child loses all legal ties with their birth parent(s) and becomes a full member of the adoptive family, usually taking the family’s name.

Every year in the UK, there are around 4,000 children waiting for loving adoptive parents. There are children of all ages, ethnicities and abilities waiting to be adopted and there is a particular need for adopters for:

Babies and children who have a disability or developmental uncertainty
Children of all ages from Asian, African-Caribbean, African and mixed parentage   backgrounds
Brothers and sisters of all ages and ethnicities
Single children of all ages

Why Adopters for Adoption?

Adopters for Adoption was set up by people with first-hand experience of adoption. We understand exactly what it’s like to go through the process and we believe the person is more important than the process – this helps us get it right for you.
From your initial contact with Adopters for Adoption we aim to provide the best possible service. We’ll treat you with respect, honesty and support and will be responsive to your needs.

You’ll have a dedicated social worker who will work with you throughout the assessment process. We’ll provide you with all the training and support you’ll need to ensure you’re well prepared. Once a child comes to live with you we’ll continue to provide ongoing support and advice.

How can you adopt?

There are many misconceptions about who can and who can’t adopt. However, there are just three criteria that you need to meet in order to be considered for adoption. You need to be at least 21 years old, living in the British Islands and in possession of a record clear of convictions or cautions for certain criminal offences.

Our adoption service

You will have a dedicated social worker who’ll work with you to develop preparation, assessment, matching and support plans. Our preparation and training will be made up of a range of parts including individual sessions, preparation groups, workbooks and internet learning, so that everything you need to know can be covered in a flexible way that suits you and your lifestyle.

As part of the Core Assets group, we’re a national agency and combine over 20 years’ experience of achieving exceptional outcomes for children and families with a desire to dispel the myths that surround adoption and be open to enquiries from all sectors of the population. Adoption is a life-long commitment and, while bringing many challenges, is hugely rewarding. If adoption is something you’re interested in learning more about then we would be delighted to hear from you.

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic foster carers

Bristol is a multicultural city with people from many different ethnicities, cultures and religions and the children that come into care are equally diverse.

We make every effort to place children who need a foster family with carers who can reflect their ethnicity, meet their religious and cultural needs and enable them to stay within their community. But we can’t do this without you. Bristol City Council is calling on more Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people to consider fostering.

Could you ‘Be a Champion for Fostering and Adoption’ or foster and/or adopt a child yourself?

If so here is the link to an article regarding the requirements like having spare bedrooms which may help you feel more prepared and answer some of your questions.

Saffron Smolka- Marketing and Communications Officer.

Bristol City Council Fostering and Adoption

Tel : 0117 3534155

Mon: 9.00-4.30

Tues: 9.30-4.30

Wed: 9.30-2.30

Thurs: 8.30-4.30 TFCO Marketing only

Carole is a strong advocate for fostering and adoption seeing these services as an essential part of providing a strong and stable environment during the formative years.

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