Adoption Support and Training

Whatever your level of parenting experience, we can help you use your life experiences and skills to provide a safe, loving home for a child whatever challenges they throw at you.

Our adoption support offer starts at the very beginning of the adoption process and continues throughout childhood from early years to teenage and beyond.

We have developed our adoption support package by working with adoptive families, children, young people and professionals to build a comprehensive range of resources, materials and training courses which will enable you to deal with the rough times and make the most of the smooth ones.

You'll be able to find out more about the adoption support we provide at one of our information events.

Local groups for adoptive parents

There are a variety of groups open to adoptive parents running throughout the West Yorkshire region. Information about adoption-related matters and invitations to support meetings, training and social events where you can meet other adopters are available to approved adopters via the online enquiry form below. Select ‘Adoption Support’ and one of our friendly team will be in touch.

Peer Mentoring

One Adoption West Yorkshire has introduced a Peer Mentoring scheme - which means experienced adopters are on hand to help other adoptive parents with a variety of issues. They can help if you are going through the assessment process as well as post-adoption, if you need help with a particular parenting issue. It is a confidential service open to everyone who has adopted through One Adoption West Yorkshire. To sign up to become a mentor or find out if the service might be useful to you, please call the duty desk or fill out the online enquiry form.

Adopted children and young people

There are groups for adoptive parents and children taking place across the West Yorkshire region, from parent and toddler drop-ins to groups for teenagers. Details are available via the online enquiry form below. Select ‘Adoption Support’ and one of our friendly team will be in touch.

If you have a young person aged 11-18 they may be interested in looking at the Adopted Teens project website - Adopteens - which is designed by adopted teenagers for adopted young people living in the Yorkshire and Humber area. Young people can access a chat line, attend activity events and be part of a Youth Council.

Support in education for adopted children and young people

Education is often a major issue for adopted children and young people. There are various forms of educational support, from priority access to schools to Pupil Premium funding to help schools give extra support to adopted children.

Support for your family’s particular needs

If you think your family would benefit from more specific therapeutic support please contact us via the phone number or online enquiry form below and select ‘Adoption Support’.

We can then meet with you to undertake an assessment of your family’s adoption support needs to identify what services would suit you best.

Adoption Support Fund

The government’s Adoption Support Fund (ASF) can be used to fund specialist therapeutic support for your family.

You will need an assessment of your support needs to access the Fund. To request this please contact us via the phone number or online enquiry form below and select ‘Adoption Support’.

First4Adoption also provides an overview of the support available for adoptive families.

Call us on 0113 378 3535

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

Telephone 0113 378 3535

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 West Yorkshire Regional Adoption Agency (OAWY RAA) (acting on behalf of local authority adoption services from Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield) 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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Adoption can be an inclusive and rewarding experience for all the family. Carol and her husband Tony have been married for 53 years and are grandparents to eight children: four of whom are adopted by their daughter, Claire. Carol shares her adoption story from a grandparents’ point of view: