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Regional adoption partnership

About Adoption South East

"Bringing children and families together through adoption"

We are regional adoption partners-from four local authorities– Brighton and Hove City Council, Surrey County Council, East Sussex County Council and West Sussex County Council. We are working together to provide adoption services across our region, pooling our years of experience but bringing a fresh approach.

Working regionally helps recruit new families more effectively, enables children to be placed in a more timely way and enhances adoption support, as well as allowing us to share best practice and make our services even better. This means we can offer you the support you need whatever stage you're at.

What does this mean for anyone making an adoption enquiry with Surrey County Council?

If you are interested in learning more about adoption the first step is attending an information session. By working together with our regional partners we are able to offer more regular information sessions across a range of venues.

If you contact our recruitment team, they will be pleased to advise you of possible dates and venues available and assist you to make a booking at a time and place that suits you. Following your information session you would be offered an opportunity to meet a social worker to discuss your interest in greater detail. This would normally be a social worker from the agency that managed your initial enquiry.

If you go on to formally register interest you will undergo a 2 stage assessment process. As part of the assessment process you will need to attend training, and this may be accessed from one of the partner agencies if the dates and venues are convenient for you.

What does it mean for adopters following approval?

Once you have been approved to adopt you may be considered for a wider range of children. In 2015-16 we jointly placed nearly 150 children, so having more adoptive families to choose from means that we can find the best match more quickly for our children.