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Join us at our Adoption Information Event on 19/6/24

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  • Book on to an Information Event
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  • The Children who need Adopting
  • The Application Process
  • Types of Adoption
  • Preparing for Adoption
  • FAQs
  • Adopter Stories
  • Ask the Adopter
  • Being an Adoptive Parent
  • LGBTQ+ Adoption
  • Early Permanence
  • Support and eLearning
  • Pre-Adoption
  • Post-Adoption
  • Adoption Support Fund
  • Education Support
  • Life Story Book
  • Talking About Adoption
  • Support for Adopted Children
  • Support for Adopted Adults
  • Support for Birth Families
  • Adoption Support Training Hub
  • Leicester
  • Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire and Rutland
  • North Lincolnshire
  • Northamptonshire




We understand how important post-adoption support is and as a partnership offer a comprehensive range of services and training to help our adopters and children at every stage of their journey.

Who can benefit from our support?

Support we offer


We offer a suite of free, regular, online and in-person training to ensure our adopters are supported throughout their journey. If you are adopting/have adopted with any of the Family Adoption Links partners or adopted elsewhere 3 or more years ago and live within Leicestershire, Leicester, North Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire, Rutland or Northamptonshire, you can book onto any of these courses…

  • Therapeutic Parenting Part I & II
  • The Child’s Sensory World
  • Family and Friends Part I & II
  • Talking about Adoption Part I & II
  • Non Violent Resistance Training
  • Education Passport
Find out more


In addition, if you require more bespoke training, we can arrange an Assessment of Needs, source expert practitioners, and manage your application to the Adoption Support Fund.

If you feel you need support, please follow these simple steps…

  • Contact your Family Adoption Links partner
  • After a consultation with a Social Worker, it will be agreed whether further training/therapy/assistance is necessary and whether a Post Adoption Assessment of Needs is required
  • You will then be assigned a Social Worker who will carry out the assessment
  • Next, recommendations for further support may be made, which could include signposting you to other agencies or gaining access to more bespoke therapeutic services.

Thanks to the skillset of the Family Adoption Links team, we may be able to provide some of the therapeutic support you may need, this could include Theraplay, Play Therapy and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP).

Advice Service

Got a question? A problem? Or just need some advice? Then please get in touch using the details below. We can help in the following areas…

  • Referrals for training/therapy that may be available to you
  • Information and applications to the Adoption Support Fund
  • Advice and support to other agencies supporting adopted children including schools
  • Your child’s mental health
  • Advice around financial support and benefits
  • Birth family contact
Family Adoption Links Leicester

(Telephone lines – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10am – 2pm)

0116 454 6540

Family Adoption Links Leicestershire

(Telephone lines – Wednesday, 9am – 12 noon)

0116 305 1126

Family Adoption Links Lincolnshire and Rutland

01522 782 111

Family Adoption Links North Lincolnshire

01724 297 024

Family Adoption Links Northamptonshire

01604 526959


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Other support

This gives you an overview of the support that all adopters in the UK are entitled to. Take a look to make sure you're benefitting from everything available to you.

The Adoption Passport - children

If your child is 2, they can enjoy a free Early Years education place. Find out more here.

When they are aged 3-4, their Early Years education provider can access the Early Years Pupil Premium Support which is an additional £302 of funding per year which can be used to enhance your child’s learning.

When it’s time to go to school, you’ll be pleased to know that you get priority access meaning your child should be able to attend whichever school best meets their needs. Guidance to school admission authorities can be found here.

Educational Support

Some adopted children require additional support in school to help them thrive. If you think your child needs this, please get in touch and we can provide an Assessment of Needs. Likewise, if you think your child may have special educational needs we can also assess for this too.

The Education Passport

Have you seen the Education Passport?

We developed this as a communication tool designed to be parent-led, enabling you to facilitate communication between home and school, with specific focus on the following;

  • Ensuring that there is a focus on children / young people’s needs, based on a sound understanding, of how their life experiences may have impacted on their development and functioning.
  • To give children / young people and their parents / guardians a tool they can use in school to ensure that there is a clear plan around any support needs.
  • For school and home to have a tool that promotes partnership working with the shared goal being to help the child / young person to see education as something that is a positive environment and can be something to enjoy

Download your Education Passport here

The Adoption Passport – adopters

When you adopt a child, you may be entitled to adoption leave and pay (this is very similar to maternity/paternity leave and pay). This also includes the right to time off during the introduction period before they move in with you. Find out more.

Adopters may be given priority for council housing. If you are living in council housing and claiming Housing Benefit or Universal Credit while waiting for a child to move in, you can also apply for funding (Discretionary Housing Payments) so that you are not penalised financially while you have an empty spare room. Find out more.

A Life Story Book

Every adopted child is entitled to a Life Story Book, an invaluable resource to help them make sense of their past history. Find out more.

Finally, when you adopt your child, you will be given a summary of your child’s health from his/her local authority’s Medical Adviser.

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We contacted Social Services again after six years when we were experiencing some difficulties with the children. Ringing up felt a bit like having failed. But if we hadn't sought the support when we requested it our son would not have got what he needed.

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Thrive - the adoption support newsletter

‘Thrive’ is the post-adoption support newsletter sent out each quarter to our adopters filled with advice, the latest research, news and more. If you’d like to receive a copy and aren’t on our mailing list, simply send us your details here. See the latest edition here.

Events for adopters and their children

Creating networks where our adopters and adoptive children can meet others in the same situation is incredibly beneficial. Shared experiences, the opportunity to talk and most importantly having fun together are the objectives of our events. See what’s on in your area.

Support Groups

Online Support Groups

Sometimes the best support and advice come from those who are in similar situations, with this in mind, we’d like to invite you to join our online support groups. Taking place every month between 8 and 9pm, we’ll be discussing different subjects (see below) and inviting participants to share their experience and advice. Simply send us an email and we’ll send you the link to the meeting.

27/3 ‘Cherishing your nearest and dearest ‘, Your adult relationships and how to care for them
24/4 ‘Playfulness’, How can we grow in being playful without being sarcastic?
29/5 ‘Acceptance’, How do we balance accepting where our child is at, with aspiring for more for/better from them?
26/6 ‘Curiosity’, Keeping conversations about feelings and hopes and fears going with our child across the ages

Mental health referrals

If you feel your child is struggling with their mental health, we can assist with this by providing a referral to CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services). Your GP can also provide this service. Please contact the advice service in the first instance.

Essential Resource Hub

There are a wealth of resources available to adopters so we’ve trawled the internet and brought them all onto one page – see it here.