Post-adoption support

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In Redcar & Cleveland we want to give as much information to our adopters as possible and the following is a guide for adopters about what is available to help them and their adopted child


For your child:
Schools are asked to give all children who have been adopted priority access to their school. This means that your child will be able to attend whichever school you think best meets their needs. More about this is included within the government's school admissions information https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/school-admissions-code--2

Your child will also attract the Pupil Premium, which is an additional £1900 for state funded schools to help meet the child's needs. Just let the school, know that your child has been adopted so that they can claim this money.

From September 2014, if your child is 2 years old you can take up the offer of a free early education place. For more information about this, just contact your local authority's Family Information Service. Or find out more at www.gov.uk/free-early-education

If you think that your child needs extra support, then you can ask your local authority to assess their needs for adoption support services. This includes if you feel that your child may have special education needs.


For you as an adopter:
Many adopters are entitled to adoption leave and pay when their child is placed with them (https://www.gov.uk/adoption-pay-leave/overview).The law is changing to make this entitlement similar to maternity and paternity leave pay and will include the right to take time off when you are being introduced to your child before they move to live with you.

Adopters may have priority for council housing (www.gov.uk/council-housing). Also if you are living in council housing and claiming Housing Benefit or Universal Credit while waiting for a child to move in, with you can also apply for funding (Discretionary Housing Payments) so that you are not penalised financially while you have an empty spare room.

You are also entitled to details about your child's health from his/her local authority's medical adviser before he/she is placed with you.

You will also receive your child's life story book to help your child and you to understand his/her early life and why it was not possible for him/her to live with their birth family.

But if you would like to talk to someone about the above information, then why not contact our Adoption Support Services Adviser? Her name is Lynne Cardwell and she can be contacted by telephone on 01642 771500 or by email at lynne.cardwell@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk

There is more information about our post adoption support services on the page below

Adoption Support guide




Did you know...
from April 2015 adoption leave will be a 'day 1 right' and statutory pay enhanced to 90% of your salary for the first 6 weeks?

5 things adopters need to know about changes to adoption leave and pay which come in on 5 April and Shared Parental Leave (SPL)
and Pay
1) Adoption leave will be 'day 1 right'
2) Statutory adoption pay will be 90% of your salary in the first 6 weeks
3) Eligible adopters can end their adoption leave and pay early to opt into SPL and Pay
4) SPL allows you to take time off work in a way that suits you
5) You can share up to 50 weeks of leave and up to 37 weeks of pay with your partner

Visit - gov.uk/sharedparentalleave




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Last updated:
10/11/2016

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