Adoption Support Services

Western Bay Adoption Services
  • Other Services

    Our services are not limited to finding adopters for children and young people. Nor does our service stop once we approve adopters and match a child with a family.

    We also provide information, advice and guidance to:

    • existing/approved adoptive parents;
    • adopted children – including those who are now adults;
    • parents/guardians of such children; and
    • birth families and relatives.
  • Are you an adopted child or young person?

    We provide support to you by:

    • listening to your views and feelings;
    • helping you to understand your birth history;
    • giving you support in writing mailbox letters;
    • providing support and liaison with other agencies.

    Our Children’s Guide to adoption can be downloaded here.

  • Adopted Adult?

    If you live within the Western Bay region and want to access your birth records, we can offer:

    • support from an experienced adoption worker who will help you locate your birth records and share these with you – though you will need to be 18 to do this. We will also support you in understanding why you were adopted and discuss your feelings about this;
    • information about the adoption contact register. This puts adopted adults and their birth relatives (if registered), in touch with one another;
    • signposting to agencies who can help you trace birth relatives;
    • an intermediary service – if you locate a birth relative we will make the initial contact on your behalf and support you through the process of reunion.
  • Birth relative?

    Got questions about adoption? If you need advice, information or support we can help you. Birth relatives are entitled to an assessment for specific services which may include:

    • general advice and information around adoption;
    • supporting you, as a birth parent, during care proceedings when your child has a plan of adoption. We can help you understand the adoption process including post adoption contact arrangements and what it means for you. We can support you in providing information about your child and help you work through your feelings and if appropriate, signpost you to other services;
    • providing support and advice with post adoption contact arrangements including help with writing letters through our letterbox service;
    • signposting to agencies who can assist birth relatives wishing to make contact with an adopted child who is aged over 18;
    • information about the adoption contact register. This puts adopted adults and their birth relatives, if registered, in touch with one another.
  • Adoption Letterbox Service

    Our adoption letterbox service provides a confidential and secure way of exchanging information between the birth and adoptive family.

    The service offers:

    • opening and checking of correspondence to identify support needs and ensure confidentiality;
    • support in writing letters;
    • mediation with all parties to ensure that what is agreed meets the child’s needs;
    • reviews of mailbox agreements.
  • Please read though our detailed Information Pack.  At the back is a Registration of Interest form (ROI).  If you wish to be contacted by us and have a visit to begin the process, please fill in the ROI and send it to us or make a call to us. Alternatively, complete the enquiry page giving your details and we will contact you as soon as possible.

  • Letterbox Leaflet for birth family

    Letterbox Leaflet for adopters

    Adoption support leaflet

    Read our Children’s guide to adoption booklet