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Supporting you during the coronavirus pandemic

We're doing our best to try and keep things running as normally as possible. We still need to assess and approve adoptive families for the children who need a permanent family, and we are continuing to support adoptive families and individuals affected by adoption during the current pandemic.

Thinking about adoption?
We've had to cancel our face to face adoption information events for now, but we still need adopters for our children, so if you’re thinking of adopting please get in touch with our friendly team.

As an alternative to information events, we have bookable telephone sessions available for anyone interested in finding out more about adoption or discussing their options with a member of our dedicated team.

Sessions will start on Wednesday 13 May and run on Mondays (excluding Bank Holidays) at 2.30pm and Wednesdays at 6.30pm until further notice.

What do the telephone sessions involve?

  • When you have booked your time slot we will send you our adoption information booklet for you to look at prior to us calling you.
  • When we call you back we won't ask you about your personal circumstances, unless you want to progress your enquiry there and then.
  • If you don't want to progress your enquiry during the call that's absolutely fine, we will just make one follow-up courtesy call to you within 5 working days.

How to book on a session

Please email us at enquiries@adoptionlancashireblackpool.org.uk or telephone 0300 123 6727 with your name and telephone number and the date and time of your chosen session.

We'll share lots of information with you to help you make your initial enquiry.  We'll also continue to support you through the whole process and where possible deliver some parts of the adoption process virtually.

Our priority is to keep everyone safe and well while at the same time making sure we are carrying out thorough assessments to support our vulnerable children.

Additional support available for adoptive families during the coronavirus pandemic

As a result of the pandemic, adoptive families are experiencing more stress. This is largely due to children who have already experienced disrupted attachments and early trauma being isolated at home. Children may also be experiencing significant disruption to their usual school and leisure routines, activities which help them to feel physically and emotionally safe and secure.

The Government has recognised this and has allocated £8 million of additional funding via the Adoption Support Fund to help provide additional support to adoptive families.

Adoption Lancashire & Blackpool has been working hard to identify and commission several types of therapeutic support for adoptive families. We are using our share of the Government funding to pay for therapies to help adoptive families in Lancashire and Blackpool to cope at this uncertain time. We are offering emergency support including online counselling, new placement support groups, parenting support, membership of adoption support organisations and much more with the help of our providers. We've sent all of our adopters an e-newsletter with details of the support packages available.

If you need access to support that's right for you, please contact us through your Adoption Lancashire & Blackpool support worker in the usual way, or contact us by email at support@adoptionlancashireblackpool.org.uk

More information about the emergency funds can be found here.

Published: 17 April 2020