Covid 19 (coronavirus) update

At One Adoption we are following the Government’s guidance and are quickly adapting the way we provide our services to ensure that those interested in becoming adoptive parents are still able to proceed, and that our support services to existing adopters can continue.

Adoption information events

Despite the current circumstances, we do still need to recruit adopters for children in care across our region. While the assessment and approval process will need to be done in a different way, we are still very keen to hear from people who are interested in adopting a child.

Although we are not able to hold information events for the foreseeable future, we now have a ‘virtual’ option available.

We have put together an information film for you to watch in your own time which contains a lot of the information you would normal receive by attending an event. Once you have watched the film you are then welcome to apply for a 'virtual visit' with one of our team to start the process. 

The link to the film is only available on request. Please call our adoption line on 0345 305 2576, email OANH.RAA@york.gov.uk  or fill out the enquiry form at the bottom of this page.

If you have any questions about starting the adoption process please do call our adoption advice line to have a chat with one of our social workers on 0345 305 2576

We look forward to hearing from you.

Adoption support 

In these unprecedented and uncertain times, we understand that being an adoptive family will bring its own unique challenges. 

Social distancing means we are unable to provide our usual support in person, either at support groups, stay and play or on a one-to-one basis. However, we want to reassure you that we are here for you and if you are struggling or just need to chat, please contact your social worker or your local team. We will keep in touch with regular updates on the website and the closed Facebook page. We know that this situation is really challenging for families, so please contact your worker or the team on OANH.RAA@york.gov.uk for support.

Many of you will now find yourselves having to juggle working from home with home-schooling your children, trying to establish new routines whilst looking after a child who is already unsettled and finding the changes tough. So we have pulled together a collection of resources which may be of use to help you get through this challenging time. This can be found on the member's area of our website - in the Guides and Handbooks section. You will need to be signed into your account to see this. 

Letterbox

For those families who have a Letterbox agreement, we are processing hard copy letter exchanges but you may experience some delay. We would encourage you to still write your letter as usual and it will be processed as soon as we are able. Families will be informed of when we received the letter and we are making families aware that there may be a wait for their letter. You can always get in touch with us if you are worried.

If you have any concerns about this please contact the office that manages your Letterbox or contact us at OANH.RAA@york.gov.uk.
 

Call us on 0345 305 2576

Enquire Now

If you want more information come along to one of our information events or contact us on the details below:

Telephone 0345 305 2576

Alternatively, please provide your name and email address using the form below and we’ll send you some information.

By clicking Enquire you are consenting to the One Adoption North and Humber Regional Adoption Agency (OANH RAA) hosted by City of York Council (acting on behalf of East Riding, Hull, North East Lincolnshire, York and North Yorkshire councils) to collect and store your name, contact information and which council area you live in. We are collecting this information to enable us to direct your request to the appropriate team and to respond to your request for a service. Please note, we will not share your information with any third parties outside of the Regional Agency and will not sell your details on for other marketing purposes.

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Jo and Mandy are the proud parents of two adopted boys, who have found they learnt more about themselves through adoption than they ever thought possible. Jo tells their story:

Being in a same sex couple we had always considered adoption as an option, especially Mandy – she had always wanted to adopt, and when it turned out that I couldn’t have children anyway, adopting was the natural thing for us to do.