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Support for adopted children

We all need to grow up feeling happy, loved and well cared for. Unfortunately this doesn't always happen and sometimes our birth families cannot look after us properly. If this happens we may have an adoptive family to take care of us.

This page explains some of the help and support for children who are being, or are already, adopted.

Who can you talk to about adoption?

Adoption can be confusing and you might have lots of questions.

If you ever have any questions or worries, there are people who can help and will listen to you. You can talk to your adoptive family, your social worker if you still have one, or our adoption support team.

The adoption support team can work with your adoptive family to help in lots of ways:

  • to give your family ideas on the best ways to keep you well and safe at home or school
  • to ask other people to give you extra help if your school, doctor or parents think you need it
  • to help your family talk to you about adoption and your birth family so you understand your background
  • to help get information about your past and your birth family

You might want to meet and talk to other adopted children and young people. In Derbyshire there are days out and activity days when you can meet them and their adoptive parents. There are also groups and activities just for children and young people.

You can contact the Adoption Support Team by email: or contacting Call Derbyshire on tel: 01629 533190.

If you are not yet adopted

You will have an allocated social worker who will meet with you and the people caring for you regularly. There will also be regular meetings to discuss how things are going for you. These meetings are called reviews and are chaired by an Independent Reviewing Officer who was chosen for you when you first came into care. Their job is to make sure that plans for you are working properly and that your views are listened to.

Your reviewing officer will also talk to all the important adults in your life such as your social worker, the people you live with, and your birth family.

Your reviewing officer will stay involved and keep having meetings with you when you move to your new adoptive family and also stay involved with you until your adoption is complete. They will make sure that you know how to get in touch with them.

If you want to speak to your independent reviewing officer you can call tel: 01629 532019 or ask your own social worker, foster carer or adoptive parents to contact the reviewing officer for you. It is likely that you will be asked to leave a message and the reviewing officer will phone you back.