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What happens next?

Please come forward to adopt if you think you can meet the needs of the range of children for whom we are responsible.

We will be happy to come and discuss this with you.

  1. We will contact you within five days of receiving your Registration of Interest Form to arrange for you to attend the next available information session, where we will discuss the expectations and requirements for the assessment process and the types of children who need adoptive families and explain the process in more detail.
  2. We will sign a Stage One Agreement with you and provide support during this period to guide you through Stage One.
  3. When Stage One is complete and we agree you move on to Stage Two of the assessment process. You will be formally notified with a decision regarding Stage Two of the assessment and will be offered an Adoption Preparation Group and an allocated Adoption Worker as appropriate.
  4. You should expect the assessment process to last up to four months, the details of which will be agreed in the Stage Two Agreement. In complex situations this may take longer. When the assessment is complete we will present the application to our Adoption Panel and the Agency Decision Maker before a final decision is reached. Prospective adoptive parents are invited to attend the panel, should they wish to do so.
  5. When you are approved we will try our best to match you with a child waiting to be adopted. Portsmouth belongs to the South Coast Adoption Consortium (Southampton, West Sussex, Isle of Wight). You will be considered along with other approved prospective adopters when a child from any of the four authorities requires an adoptive family. We will also refer you to the Adoption Register for England and Wales within three months of your approval, thereby enabling adoption agencies nationally to consider you for children waiting for adoptive families.
  6. Your approval will be reviewed each year by the Adoption Team Manager. All checks and medicals are renewed after two years or earlier if there are any concerns. Referees may be contacted again to provide up to date information.