Birth Relative Support
We currently offer birth relative support services to birth relatives of children who have been adopted. We are currently only able to offer a limited amount of support to relatives of children under Special Guardianship in Oxfordshire only.
This service offers birth relatives the opportunity to talk openly about adoption and be able to ask any questions you may have.
You may be feeling sad and anxious. You may also find it difficult to explain how you are feeling about the situation and may not want to discuss this with your child’s social worker.
If you talk to us, our service is confidential and we will not be telling your child’s social worker what we have discussed unless there is a safety risk.
What we can do:
To your feelings about adoption on the telephone or face to face.
Things you may want to know but have not been able to ask.
You at various meetings that you might find particularly difficult or emotional
- Make links
With other people who have had similar experiences or can support you.
About what you are entitled to as a birth parent or relative
What we are not able to do:
The plan that social services have made.
- Offer Legal Advice
You need to see a solicitor for this.
- Long term
If you would like to access Birth Relative support services, please contact the Front Door by calling 01865 323121.
Support for all affected by adoption
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
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.
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.