Birth relatives are entitled to an assessment for specific services which may include:
- General advice and information around adoption.
- Supporting you, as a birth parent in Lancashire or Blackpool, during care proceedings when your child has a plan of adoption. We can help you understand the adoption process including post adoption contact arrangements and what it means for you. We can support you in providing information for your child. We can help you work through your feelings about this and, if appropriate, signpost you to other services.
- Providing support and advice with post adoption contact arrangements including help in writing letters through our Adoption Mailbox Service
- Signposting to agencies who can assist birth relatives wishing to make contact with an adopted person who is aged over eighteen. This is called an intermediary service. Adoption Lancashire and Blackpool do not currently offer this service
- Information about the adoption contact register. This puts adopted adults and their birth relatives, if registered, in touch with one another and is administered by the General Register Office.
If you want advice or wish to request some support you can contact the adoption support team on 0300 123 6728.
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Family Rights group
This is a charity in England and Wales that advises families whose children are involved with or need children’s services because of welfare needs or concerns. They promote policies and practices, including family group conferences that help children to be raised safely and securely within their families.
Information, Advice and Support Services Network (IASS Network)
IASS Network offers advice and support to parents and carers of children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities.