The County Council is working in partnership with Brighton and Hove City Council, East Sussex County Council and Surrey County Council to form Adoption South East (ASE).
Adoption is an important and life-changing decision and, as part of ASE, we are committed to:
- securing adoptive families for children in our areas
- supporting you throughout your assessment and matching process
- offering lots of regular information sessions in all areas, where social workers will be on hand to speak to you
- enabling you to be considered for a wider range of children
- provide on-going training and support to adoptive families.
In 2015-16 we jointly placed nearly 150 children. Having more adoptive families from which to choose means that we can find the best match, more quickly.
2 Children needing adoption
Children waiting for adoption in West Sussex range from babies and toddlers through to school age children. They include sibling groups, children from different ethnicities and children with additional needs.
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 manage their own mental health or learning needs alongside parenting.
3 The first steps to adoption
If you are interested in learning more about adoption, the first step is to attend an information session. By working with our partnering authorities, you have access to information sessions across a range of dates and venues so you can find one that suits you.
Following your session, you will be offered an opportunity to meet a social worker to discuss your interest in greater detail. This will normally be a social worker from the agency that managed your initial enquiry.
If you go on to formally register your interest, you will undergo a two stage assessment process. This will be managed by one of the partnering authorities - usually the closest one to your home.
As part of the assessment process you will need to attend training.
Further information on the adoption process can be found in the documents below. Our Adoption Statement of Purpose can be viewed on the Children's policies and procedures page.