Choosing to adopt is one of the biggest decisions you will make in your life so it’s not surprising that you may feel overwhelmed at the start and wonder what support is available. Adopted children will come with their own level of need and many have experienced early trauma and separation so it’s important to ensure you have a support network around you, this often comes from many different sources.
The first step when looking to adopt a child is to find an agency and ask them about the type of adoption support they can offer you. You can start your adoption journey with a Regional Adoption Agency (RAA), a Local Authority (LA) or an independent Voluntary Adoption Agency (VAA). When you adopt, you are welcomed into a new family, who are there for you throughout the adoption journey.