The following steps provide brief guide to the process of becoming approved as an adopter by Rhondda Cynon Taff Council Adoption Agency (hereafter referred to as the agency):
Step1 - Initial enquiry
If you require information in relation to adopting a child or wish to pursue your interest, you can request an Information Pack or contact the Adoption Team. The contact details are below.
Should you wish to continue following receipt of your pack, you will be invited to attend an Adoption Information Evening.
Step 2 - Adoption Information Evening
This is a meeting of prospective adopters and Social Workers from the Adoption Team. It provides an opportunity to discuss some of the issues & implications of adoption, the types of children requiring adoption and the process. At the end of the meeting you will be asked if you wish to proceed further. These meetings are held every two months.
Step 3 - Initial Visit
If you decide to proceed, a Social Worker from the Adoption Team will visit you at home to discuss your individual circumstances and reasons for wishing to adopt. A short report is prepared following the visit to enable the agency decide whether an application to adopt can be accepted.
Step 4 - Preparation Training
If your application is accepted you will be expected to attend a preparation training course. This is run over 3 days and is facilitated by an experienced trainer in the field of adoption.The course provides a further opportunity to meet with other prospective adopters, to learn about some of the experiences of children requiring adoption and the challenges you may face as an adoptive parent. These courses are run regularly throughout the year.
Step 5 - Application & Pre-approval checks
As part of the application process you will be required to consent to a Criminal Records Bureau Disclosure.We also undertake checks of local authority areas in which you have lived since adulthood and ask you to provide names of persons who can provide you with a reference. You will also need to have a medical with your GP which will be forwarded to the agency’s Medical Adviser for advice on any medical issues.
Step 6 - Assessment
Once you have completed the course you will be allocated a Social Worker to complete your assessment as a prospective adopter. The Social Worker will undertake a series of home visits to get to know you and to provide a detailed report of all aspects of your life. Health and Safety Checklists are completed including assessments of any pets you may have.
We encourage applicants to contribute to the completion of the assessment report and you will be asked o provide comments on the final report for presentation to the Adoption Panel.
Step 7 - Approval
The completed assessment report, including details of checks and references will be presented to the Adoption Panel by your Social Worker. The Panel is made up of a range of people who have experience of adoption both professionally and personally.
We acknowledge that the information gathered is of a sensitive and confidential nature. Panel members and Social Workers are required to maintain confidentiality at all times. You will be given the opportunity to attend the Panel meeting.
The Adoption Panel recommends the approval of adopters and the Agency Decision Maker (the Director of Children’s Services) makes the final decision. Should the Panel not be in a position to recommend your approval there are procedures in place to enable you to appeal the decision.
Step 8 - Matching & Placement
Following your approval we would seek to match you with the most suitable child or children from Rhondda Cynon Taff or from a neighbouring authority. Our agency is a member of the South Wales Adoption Agencies Consortium (SWAAC) which exchanges details of adoptive families and children to facilitate this process.
More detailed information on the process is contained in our Information Pack which can be accessed via the button on the right of the page or by telephoning 0800 085 2635.
If you wish to discuss your enquiry further or wish to discuss other aspects in relation to adoption please contact the Adoption Team on 01443 490400.
An Information Pack can be obtained by telephoning us on: 0800 085 2635