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 at the moment we will soon have a ‘virtual’ option available. You will need to register for these and will provide more details about how to do this shortly.
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 0113 378 3535.

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 - either on the phone or through web conferencing apps, and if you are struggling or just need to chat, please contact your social worker or our duty line, which is still operational, on 0113 378 3535 (10 – 4 Monday to Thursday and 10 – 3.30 on Friday)

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 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. The West Yorkshire education advice line is also still operating, so if you have any questions about education or schooling at this time, please feel free to call. (The contact details are again in the member’s area of the website in the Education Support section).

Letterbox

For those families who have a letterbox agreement, the Letterbox Service continues to operate, however there will be some delays in processing exchanges.

In order to improve the speed of letter exchanges between adopters and birth family members we encourage the use of email.  If you are expecting a letter please get in touch with your Letterbox Team to provide them with your email address.  

This can be done using the following email addresses:

Bradford:  Letterbox.Bradford@oneadoptionwy.leeds.gov.uk
Calderdale:  Letterbox@oneadoptionwy.leeds.gov.uk
Kirklees:  Letterbox@oneadoptionwy.leeds.gov.uk
Leeds:  Letterbox.Leeds@oneadoptionwy.leeds.gov.uk
Wakefield:  Letterbox.Wakefield@oneadoptionwy.leeds.gov.uk

We cannot guarantee exchanges of hard copy letters at this time.
 

 

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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Matt and James wanted to adopt a very young child so Early Permanence Placement (EPP) seemed like the natural choice

Matt and James wanted to adopt a very young child so Early Permanence Placement (EPP) seemed like the natural choice

‘We started talking about adoption with friends, family and work colleagues, and it became clear that many people had some knowledge of, or had their lives touched by adoption,’ says James. ‘So, armed with encouragement and reassurance, we began researching online to learn more about opportunities for adoption and the processes involved.’