Support

We are here to help. We provide a wide and extensive range of adoption support services for adopters and their children, birth families and adopted people. Our knowledgeable and committed adoption support team will support you throughout the whole process and beyond.

Support for adoptive families

For a detailed explanation of the support services we offer, please visit our Guide to Adoption Support Services page.

If you are an approved adopter enquiring about support when your social worker is unavailable, please ring our duty system on 0161 234 5268 or fill out our online form

Support for birth families

If your child has been adopted, we can support you with any specialist advice and counselling you need.

We understand that adopted children benefit from having an understanding of their family history: therefore, we can also support you in maintaining indirect contact with the adoptive family through our Letterbox Service, which involves an exchange of letters between the adopters and the birth family, on an annual basis.

This service enables recent, up-to-date information about birth families to be shared with adoptive parents and communicated sensitively with the child. Knowing that their birth families are still interested and care about them can significantly help with a child’s development and mental wellbeing. Birth families can also be reassured that the child is happy and secure.

If you are a birth relative enquiring about letterbox please contact your allocated letterbox coordinator or fill out our online form.
 

Useful contact: PAC-UK is an organisation that provides specialist therapy, advice, support, counselling and training for all affected by adoption and permanency. Their First Family Service offers free advice and support for birth mothers, fathers & relatives. If you want to find out more, you can email firstfamily@pac-uk.org or read more on www.pac-uk.org/our-services/birth-parents/

Support for adopted adults

If you are an adopted adult and live in one of our five local authorities (Cheshire East, Manchester, Salford, Stockport, and Trafford) we can help you find out more about your birth family history.

This involves supporting you to access your adoption records and providing information and advice about how to trace members of your birth family, if you make that the decision to do so.

If you are an adopted adult enquiring about access to records or other support please contact the local authority in which you live or fill out our online form.

 

"We made friends with other potential adopters in the training group, building up a support network early on."
Rebecca and Michael