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Adoption support

Anyone who adopts children may need support from time to time. This support is provided by Families Adopters and Carers Team (FACT).

We understand that every adoption is different, and the level of support needed will vary. 

We know that particular ages and times of transition may impact on families differently, for instance early experiences of loss and separation require different support than teenagers understanding their birth history.


Entitlements for every adopter

  • Help and advice – either over the phone or in person. Phone the FACT duty advice line on 0114 273 4998 (Monday to Friday 1pm - 4pm).
  • An assessment of support needs.
  • A dedicated and secure area, for information on accessing this forum, please contact us.
  • Invitations to events, including the Summer Fun Day and the Christmas Party.
  • Support groups (according to the age of your child) for you to come along to. These sessions give you and your child the opportunity to meet up informally and to chat whilst the children play. We are on hand for support and advice.
  • Closer in Play – a half day introductory training session on Theraplay techniques to promote attachment.
  • Multi Agency Psychological Services advice line (MAPS)
  • Membership of Adoption UK for 1 year post Adoption Order.
  • Every school-aged child is eligible for priority in applying for a school place and the Pupil Premium.


Adopters may be eligible for specific services following a FACT assessment of their needs

Theraplay group work or individual input

Aims to promote the attachment between you and your children. There are two 10 week groups every year.

Lifestory work

We recognise that at different points in their childhood, your children may want more information and support around understanding their birth family history.

Crisis intervention and other services

Including Families Together, Multi Agency Support Team, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Chrysalis.

Assessment of financial support needs

Including the payment of an adoption allowance.

Funding of the Buddying service provided by Adoption UK.

The Adoption Support Fund is available to help families access a range of therapies. It is a National fund and is available until April 2016.

Young peoples group

We plan to run a group for 11 to 15 year old children - “The Inbetweeners Group”. It will be organised in conjunction with Chrysalis. 


Working with you, your children and their family of origin

We also provide: 

  • Letterbox Service which is a confidential service  to facilitate the exchange of letters between adopters and birth families.  Please read the leaflet at the bottom of the page for further details.
  • Help and advice about contact between your children and their birth families.
  • Birth Background Checks – we provide initial information to adopted adults living in Sheffield who wish to have information about their families of origin.

The council which places your child is responsible for meeting your support needs during the first 3 years post Adoption Order.

After this time we are responsible if you live within the city. All adopters are welcome to access the support groups at any time.

Contact us

For further information about adoption support, please contact us.


Support leaflets for adopters

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