Adoption is a life long process, and does not begin or end with the making of an Adoption Order. Most adoptions are successful, but adoptive parents, adopted people and birth parents sometimes have worries or difficulties that are different from other people’s family problems. The effect adoption has on people’s lives is sometimes misunderstood, with either too much or too little importance attached to it. It can often be helpful to talk to people who have experience of all aspects of adoption. The Adoption and Children Act 2002 places a duty on adoption agencies to assess the need for adoption support and to decide on the provision of services. If you have been affected by adoption and feel that you need some advice or support you can ask for an assessment.
What to do if...
If you are an adopted person, an adoptive parent (or member of the adoptive family) or a birth parent or relative of someone who was adopted, please contact the adoption team in the local authority where you live or the agency that dealt with the adoption (if you know it) – they will try to advise you but they may have to refer you to a different authority depending on your circumstances.
Please ask for the Adoption Support Services Advisor. If he/she is not available, leave a message with a worker from the Adoption team.
- Barnardo’s Cymru Adoption & Fostering Service 029 2043 6200
- Bridgend County Borough Council 01656 815180
- Caerphilly County Borough Council 029 2080 8560
- Cardiff Council 029 2077 4600
- Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council 01685 724500
- Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council 01639 765400
- Newport City Council 01633 235453
- Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council 01443 490737
- St David’s Children Society 029 2066 7007
- City and County of Swansea 01792 522900
- Vale of Glamorgan Council 029 2035 0950