Adopt a child in West Sussex

Could you give a child a loving family?

Thinking about adoption? Find out more about our early permanence scheme.


Introduction

Thinking about adoption? Here in West Sussex there are a number of children of all ages – from babies to school age – and from all backgrounds, waiting for a forever family.

Our fostering for adoption (early permanence) scheme has been launched to protect children from experiencing multiple moves within the care system, and could be the right choice for you if you could support a baby or very young child who is in local authority care, where the plan is likely to be adoption.

We work with our neighbouring local authorities to help local people become approved adopters and we will be there for you throughout the process and beyond to support you and your new family.

Whether you are ready to express an interest in adoption by filling in our online form or you're still finding out more, please take some time to read through our website and view our information leaflets.

 


Adopting in West Sussex

Why Adopt?

Why Adopt?

Adoption provides a safe, secure and permanent family for a child who can no longer be brought up by their birth parents. Adoptive parents – through a legal process – take on the full parental responsibility for the child, and take on a lifelong commitment to enhance a child’s life.

Children are adopted for a number of reasons. Sometimes birth parents request that their child be placed for adoption. Occasionally, children are abandoned or their birth parents suffer from an illness that prevents them from parenting.

In the majority of cases, however, the courts judge that the birth parents do not have the capacity to care for their children. Often this is due to abuse and neglect or an inability to parent a child safely.

Adoption is an important and life-changing decision. We’re committed to informing prospective adopters about the realities of adoption and to providing on going training and support to our adoptive families, delivered by experienced adoption social workers and support staff.

Information Sessions

Information Sessions

In West Sussex we welcome enquiries from people of all backgrounds. The one thing our adopters have in common is the desire to give a child a secure, loving and permanent home that can meet the needs of a child.

If you would like to find out more about adopting in West Sussex our information sessions are a great place to start. These are held frequently throughout the county; please check our dedicated information sessions page.


Case study

Siobhan's story

Siobhan's story

Siobhan, 50, was inspired after hearing another woman’s story of adoption who was a similar age and also a single adopter so she picked up the phone and contacted West Sussex County Council’s adoption team.

Siobhan says: “Everybody gets very apprehensive about the adoption panel but it wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be. There are children that desperately need to be adopted but of course their job is to make sure that people adopting are the correct people.

“Obviously you have very lengthy discussions during the assessment with your social worker and they go into every aspect of your life. These children just become your children and I think a large part is due to the excellent work that the social workers do with the matching process.

“I knew I wanted to be a mum, I knew I wanted to adopt and I knew adoption was the right thing for me. As soon as I saw the photo, I just knew that that was my child.

“Of course when you first see your child the emotions are overwhelming and like nothing I can really describe. I remember seeing my child and I just remember big blue eyes looking out the window at me and just hearing ‘it’s new mummy’.

“But of course after that, it is a process. You don’t know them, they don’t know you. Once the love comes, it is overwhelming really. I look at her and she’s mine and I don’t feel any differently about her than if I had given birth to her or not. I mean she couldn’t be more mine if I had.

“She is without doubt the best thing that has ever happened to me. If I had to go back and do it all again knowing the trials and tribulations and the process, I would absolutely do it again in a heartbeat because I can’t imagine my life without her.”


Further reading

  • Fostering for adoption (early permanence) factsheet

    Find out more about our fostering for adoption scheme

    Download now
  • Adoption leaflet

    Find out more about the adoption process

    Download now
  • Special Guardianship and Adoption Support guide

    A guide to the help available for our adoptive families and Special Guardians

    Download now

Find out more

In West Sussex we welcome enquiries from people of all backgrounds. The one thing our adopters have in common is the desire to give a child a secure, loving and permanent home that can meet the needs of a child.

If you would like to find out more about adopting in West Sussex our information sessions are a great place to start. These are held frequently throughout the county; please check our dedicated information sessions page.

You can also complete our online enquiry form and we will contact you to discuss your enquiry further.

Alternatively you can call our dedicated Adoption team for an informal chat on 0330 222 7777.

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