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Support for an adopter

You can call the post adoption helpline on 0116 305 1126, which is open every Wednesday 9am-12pm, for support and advice or to talk to someone about how you are feeling. If they’re not able to provide all the support and advice you need, they’ll be able to signpost you to other services. Alternatively, you can contact us by email on and we will endeavour to get back to you within 5 working days.

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You can also find support and advice online about what services are available and how you can access them.

How to access support and advice services

You may need to have a post adoption assessment of need in order to get access to some of the services that would benefit you and your child. This is to ensure that you get the services that best meet your needs.

How to get a post adoption assessment of need

Within the first three years of the adoption order, you’ll need to contact the local authority that placed your child with you for adoption for a post adoption assessment of need.

After the first three years of the adoption order, you’ll need to contact the local authority where you live. If you live in Leicestershire then you can either call First Response or contact the Adoption Team directly on

Once the local authority has received and accepted your request for an assessment, a social worker will be allocated and they will undertake an assessment of needs through visits and the collection of information. We try to respond to your initial enquiry within five working days and providing your referral meets criteria will allocate as soon as possible and will inform you should there be a delay in this.

After the assessment has been made by the social worker, recommendations for support will be made.

Support services

Therapeutic support

You’ll need to have a post adoption assessment of need to access therapeutic support. We aim to complete your assessment within one month of allocation although this may take longer depending on complexity. We then need to obtain quotes for the recommended therapies to submit to ASF. Currently the Adoption Support Fund has a 20 working day turnover from application to the fund to approval of the finances. If you require an ASF top up and already have a recent Post Adoption Assessment of need we will review the therapeutic provision before applying for the additional funds.

You may be entitled to some money from the Adoption Support Fund (ASF).

Leicestershire Virtual School

If you’re an adopter living in Leicestershire, you can access advice and information regarding your child’s behaviour and educational needs, from Leicestershire Virtual School. It also provides support with school admissions and guidance on effective use of the pupil premium plus.

Mental health services

A referral can be made to CAMHS, following the post adoption assessment or the GP can also make this referral for you.

Support groups

Leicestershire Adoption Fostering Support (LAFS)


The latest details about our training can be found in our newsletter.  If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact the post adoption team.  


You can get advice and guidance on how to use Letterbox.

Accessing my adopted child’s birth records

If your child wants access to their birth records and is under 18 and over 15, you’ll need to ask for a post adoption assessment of need.

We can then arrange joined up targeted work between their allocated worker and the BRC social worker and as their parent, you’ll also be fully included.

If your child is over 18 then you or your child can find out more about accessing their birth records on our 'support if you're adopted' page.

Contact us

  • Call the Fostering and Adoption Recruitment Team on 0116 305 0505 for advice or to discuss adopting another child
  • Fill in our short enquiry form to request some support, or to be included on our mailing list to get information about training, amongst other updates
  • Attend an adoption event , where you will be provided with information and get the chance to meet the adoption team and other adopters.
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