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We are now part of Adopt South

What is Adopt South?

Adopt South was created as a Regional Adoption Agency in April 2019, combining the services of Hampshire County CouncilIsle of Wight CouncilPortsmouth City Council and Southampton City Council.

By joining our adoption services together, we have brought the best practice and experience from each of our four local authorities. This means it’s easier to match a child with an adopter in any of the councils.

It also means adopters, adoptive children and their birth families can use the combined services of the four authorities. It gives them the opportunity to come to events, speak to professionals or get post-adoption support from across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton.

If you're considering adoption and want to find out more, you can contact Adopt South on their single, central helpline 0300 3000 011, or make an enquiry online.

Have you already adopted with us?

If you've already adopted with Portsmouth City Council's Adoption Centre and need to contact us, please do so on 023 9287 5294. We are committed to supporting you and your family post adoption, and can support you in areas such as Adoption Information Exchange (e.g. letterbox scheme), where adoptive parents and birth families keep in touch about the child's progress over the years, without revealing their address.

If you are a birth relative of a child that's been adopted in Portsmouth we can also offer you advice and support, if you call us on 023 9287 5294.

Access to records 

If you are an adopted adult currently living in Portsmouth and you would like birth records counselling or you're interested in your birth adoption history, then our support team can provide you with advice on how to access your records.

Please call them on 023 9287 5294.

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Inter-country adoption 

It's not only the many children in this country that need adoptive families. If you wish to have further information regarding inter-country adoption, please contact us on 023 9287 5294 to discuss this further.

We can also support with step-parent adoption and other general enquiries.

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Special guardianship  

At Portsmouth City Council Adoption Centre we also support those family members caring for a child for whom they have special guardianship. 

Our support team will be able to provide more information should you wish to find out more please call them on 023 9287 5294.

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