For children who need a permanent family to live with and cannot return to their birth family
Wokingham Borough Council has joined with Bracknell Forest, Windsor & Maidenhead, West Berkshire to form a combined adoption service called Adopt Berkshire, which replaces our previous service.
By joining forces in this way, we're able to offer better training and a better matching and placement process, staffed by dedicated professionals. This change helps us to focus on the needs of our children that require placement, as well as the needs of our adopters.
Adopt Berkshire's goal is to maximise the amount of adopters available to cover the whole range of children who are in need of permanent adoptive families.
Adopt Berkshire covers all aspects of adoption work up to the point of the child's legal adoption. After this, responsibility for support services then returns to the relevant local authority.
Adopt Berkshire is here to:
- provide high quality adoption services for children
- find children suitable potential adopters
- assess relatives, friends and foster carers who would like to be considered as a potential adopter for a certain child
- support waiting adopters in the placement of a child
- support adopters after the placement of a child/children and work to maximise the long-term success of the placement
Who can adopt?
Adopters can be:
- single or with a partner
- renting or owning their home
- childless or already be parents
Once approved, adopters take on all the responsibilities and duties of parents. This is finalised through the court.
About the children
Many of the children who are looking for families are aged over 12 months, and in some instances will need to be placed along with a sibling. A small number are from ethnic minority groups.
Some of the children have physical and/or learning disabilities and need to be placed with families who are able to take on this responsibility.
The security of a loving, caring family is in itself a major factor in helping children overcome their problems.
Getting in touch
To find out more about the adoption process and the needs of children waiting to be adopted, come along to one our information events. You can find out more on our events page.
For more information about Adopt Berkshire, please see our adoption information pack (PDF document), or you can phone us on 0118 974 6260, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out our enquiry form.
To start the application for adoption complete the following and return it to the address on the form: