Support for adopters

Who is eligible for support?

As a local authority, we have a responsibility to offer a range of support services to those involved in the adoption process.

We offer support to these groups of people:

  • Residents of Brighton & Hove who adopted a child through the Brighton & Hove adoption team.
  • Adopters outside of Brighton & Hove, if your child was placed by us and it has been no more than three years since the adoption order.
  • Adopters within Brighton & Hove, if your child was placed by another authority and it has been more than three years since the adoption order.
  • Support to adoptive families of children placed by us, with contact arrangements with birth families

If you think you might be eligible for support, please call the Adoption Support Helpline on 01273 295455 or email Adoption.SupportHelpline@brighton-hove.gov.uk. The line is open between 9.30am and 1pm, Monday and Thursday.

If you are a birth relative of an adopted child, please see our birth relatives page. If you are an adopted adult, please see our page for adopted adults.

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Adoption Support Services

Our Adoption Support team offers these services:

  • An adoption support services assessment
  • ‘Signposting’ to suitable services
  • Advice and support on adoption issues
  • Adoption support groups
  • Workshops and training on adoption related issues
  • Financial support (depending on assessment)
  • Support and advice on finding suitable therapeutic services
  • A regular newsletter
  • Social events and activities
  • Expert help and advice on educational issues for adopted children
  • Facilitating and support contact arrangements for Brighton & Hove children (Letterbox)

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Adoption Support Passport

As well as the Adoption Support Helpline, there are a range of other support services available for adoptive families. We have put together a directory of these services called the Adoption Support Passport.

Please visit the Adoption Support Passport page for more information.

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Adoption Support Fund

The Adoption Support Fund (ASF) is a fund established in 2015 to help pay for essential therapy services for adoptive families as and when they need it.

Please visit our Adoption Support Fund page for more details.

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Pupil Premiums

All children adopted from care are now eligible for Pupil Premium Plus worth £1900 per year. The Pupil Premium is paid directly to schools and is to help schools raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils and close the gap with their peers.

For more information about Pupil Premiums, please see our Pupil Premium page.

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