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Support throughout your journey

Adoption is a lifelong experience and we’re there for you and the child right from the start and into the future


Adoptive families often need support at the start of their new life together as well as later on.   There may be times when you need specialist practical and therapeutic support, to help you and your child understand their history and the impact their early experiences may have on your daily lives.

Support might include:

  • Advice and information for families and professionals
  • Support groups for adopted children and adoptive parents
  • Assistance with contact
  • Support with children’s therapeutic needs
  • Signposting and referrals to other services, such as education, health etc.
  • Training and hosting special activities for adoptive families
  • Managing our Letterbox and direct contact scheme

Contact us

To contact the ATV Permanence Support Team please phone 01865 323121 or email ATV.Permanencesupport@oxfordshire.gov.uk

The Permanence Support Team administrator will respond as quickly as they can. Please do bear with us; we’re working through the challenges of developing our new service and of managing significant demand, but we will respond. Please leave your full name, the local authority where you live, and your contact details (phone and email if possible), to help us respond to you more effectively.

If there is an emergency and if anyone is at immediate risk of harm, please contact the Police or the safeguarding team in your local area as appropriate.

Support Plan

If only a simple, one-off service is needed, this may be provided without a formal adoption support plan being drawn up. If, following assessment, there is a need for ongoing adoption support, we will draw up a plan of what services we propose to offer. The plan will be reviewed periodically.

Training

Courses are offered to for adopters approved by us or adopters who live in the Adopt Thames Valley region.

Email us today about the training that’s offered in your area.

Helpdesk

The Permanence Support Team run a helpdesk, where a social worker will be available to talk to adoptive parents and special guardians. You can contact us either by telephone, email or by writing to us.  The adoption helpdesk is there to help us help you.

Call 01865 897981

Support Plan

If only a simple, one-off service is needed, this may be provided without a formal adoption support plan being drawn up. If, following assessment, there is a need for ongoing adoption support, we will draw up a plan of what services we propose to offer. The plan will be reviewed periodically.

Training

Course costs are met by Adopt Thames Valley for adopters approved by us and/or for adopters resident in Oxfordshire where their children were adopted more than three years ago. View information of the training we offer.

If you would like to find out more or are ready to begin your adoption journey then we would love to hear from you today.

Adoption Enquiry

There are two stages in the process of adoption which we aim to complete within six months – find out more about the adoption journey.

Adoption Process

All adopted children are different and over time they will learn to trust you and it will transform their lives – as well as yours!

The Children