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Adoption

Gay Surrey Charity, in association with Surrey County Council, is pleased to provide you with the following information regarding adoption of children in Surrey .

Could you provide a child who has been in care and had a difficult start in life with a permanent and secure environment?

If you are considering giving a child a new start in life and you would like to know more about the process involved, please read through the following information carefully. As you will appreciate, there is much information to digest before embarking upon such a rewarding path.

Who can adopt?
As you will be all too aware the family structure is an ever changing one, but the fundamental basic elements of family life remain unchanged. All families need resilience, a sense of humour and fun, and the willingness to work with Local Authority professionals to improve their understanding and abilities, for the long term benefit of the children in their care.
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Families need the ability to understand a child, respect their history and identity, and be willing to walk alongside them, come rain or shine.

All our Children
These days, most of the children placed for adoption are not babies and have experienced loss, neglect or abuse. They all have their particular strengths and vulnerabilities.

Every child has different needs. Some will have needs relating to their ethnic, cultural or religious background, or benefit from being placed for adoption or permanency with their siblings.

Many of the children will need to maintain some form of limited ongoing contact with their birth families in order to understand their history and form a sense of identity and self esteem.

Above and beyond everything, all children are unique and Surrey CC aims to settle them appropriately through an official, professional assessment service.

The Process

  • Open evenings are run in Surrey every 2 months where you can find out more information
  • If eligible, you will be offered a home visit by a Social Worker to discuss your position in more detail.
  • You will then complete a formal application
  • Checks will be made with the criminal records bureau, probation department, NSPCC, and local authority. A full medical examination will be organised with your general practitioner and 6 written references from people who know you well, including family members (three of these personal referees will be visited during the process).
  • You will attend a training programme
  • You will be fully assessed via a set of interviews and further references may be taken
  • You would be invited to meet with other adoptive parents / foster carers and encouraged to volunteer at local schools, nurseries and youth activities
  • You will be invited to attend Surrey 's adoption panel that will make a recommendation as to your suitability to adopt a child, the final decision is then made by the agency decision maker.

For more detailed information regarding Adoption,
Visit Surrey County Council's Adoption pages now

 
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