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Support for adoptive families

Help, advice and support for adoptive families.

Family Matters magazines

Our support doesn't end once you've adopted a child. We're here to offer help, advice and support when you need it.

If you'd like to talk about anything about adoption please tel: 01629 533190. Your details will be taken and an adoption worker will call you back.

If there is a serious issue about the safety or wellbeing of your child or if you are facing an imminent family breakdown, Call Derbyshire will contact your local area children's team to try to get you the help you need as soon as possible, tel: 01629 533190.

Mailing list for adoptive families

Once you have a child placed with you for adoption you'll be invited to receive regular information via our mailing list for adoptive families. This will include the Family Matters newsletter.

This is an e-magazine newsletter for adoptive families and gives information on developments in adoption and future training and social events for adoptive families.

Monthly support appointments

Adoption support social workers provide monthly support appointments in Buxton, Chesterfield, Ripley and Derby.

These are one-hour long appointments for adopted people, adoptive parents and birth relatives to find out about services, receive counselling and get information and guidance.

To ask about an appointment please tel: 01629 533190. You may have to wait a few months for an appointment.

Support groups for adoptive parents

We currently run monthly support groups in South Normanton and Buxton. These provide the opportunity for adoptive parents to meet with other parents and get advice and support. The South Normanton group includes a social worker and a clinical psychologist. For more information tel: 01629 532396.


We offer training events that deal with key issues highlighted by adoptive families and social workers. Topics include dealing with attachment difficulties, talking to your child about adoption, the impact of neglect on a child's brain development and managing behaviour.

Ongoing work with families

We can offer support and advice on adoption issues to families regardless of when their children were adopted. We also work with schools, children's teams and other agencies around adoption issues.

Since the launch in 2015 we have provided information and access to the Adoption Support Fund for therapeutic support for adoptive families.

Letterbox scheme

Most adopted families will have the opportunity to keep in contact with birth relatives using the Letterbox scheme. This is usually by an exchange of letters. It gives adoptive families a way of maintaining a link with certain birth relatives in a safe way.

This is a confidential scheme which is carefully managed and no actual addresses are revealed to either party.

My parents have adopted

If you are a child or young person living in an adoptive family, you can, with your adoptive parents' agreement:

  • read and contribute to the Family Matters newsletter
  • have a copy of our guide to adoption which provides you with information and support
  • join our activity group for adopted young people aged 11 and over
  • attend an adoption support appointment with your parent

Social events

Our adoption support team holds social events for adoptive families. The events provide the opportunity for adoptive families to meet each other and develop friendships.

To find out more about any of the services email: or tel: 01629 532396.

NHS Choices – health services for adopted children

NHS Choices has information and case studies on the health and wellbeing of adopted children and adoptive parents. This aims to raise awareness of adoption and signposts to the support and services available on adoption health issues, such as services that offer specialist support for children with complex mental health issues.

Pupil Premium funding

Pupil premium funding is a grant given by the government to schools in England available for all children adopted from local authority care.