Post adoption and special guardianship support

Our Post Adoption and Special Guardianship Support Team are here to help you if you are affected in any way by adoption or special guardianship orders.

Who can receive support?

Support is available if you are:

  • An adoptive parent
  • An adopted child
  • A special guardian
  • A child subject to a special guardianship order
  • A biological parent of an adopted child

As well as support, the team can give you advice and assistance when you need it.

What support is available?

Adoptive families and their children; special guardians and their children are entitled to an Assessment of Need. This means there is a range of support services available to you including:

  • The support of a qualified and experienced social worker
  • Education – advice and support with dealing with any problems at school
  • Contact issues – mediation and support with contact arrangements and managing, maintaining and reviewing contact
  • Strategies for dealing with challenging behaviour
  • Relationships – access to mediation and support in improving communication
  • Advice on sharing your child’s life history
  • Help with referrals to other agencies
  • Help to access therapeutic services – counselling for young people and theraplay for children if appropriate
  • Post adoption counselling service – a free, independent and confidential service where you can discuss your feelings in a safe and secure environment

How can we get the support we need?

To get help from the Post Adoption and Special Guardianship Support Team you need to be referred to them.
A referral can be done by parents, family members or a wide range of professionals:

What happens when a referral is made?

Firstly, a social worker will contact you to find out your needs and those of your child and your family. The social worker will make an appointment to come and visit you at a time that’s convenient to you.

Your social worker will work together with you to complete your Assessment of Need. This will identify the help and support you need and services you will be able to access, and if appropriate, a plan of support will be developed.

The adoption support services adviser (ASSA)

Northamptonshire County Council has an adoption support services adviser who acts as an advocate for adoptive families and can help access services for them as well as provide advice and support.

If you would like more information on this, or if you are experiencing any difficulties accessing the services available to you, please contact the adoption support services adviser, Sarah Fletcher, at

Your feedback is important

We strive to give adoptive families and special guardians the best support we can. If you have a suggestion about how we could improve our services, we would be pleased to hear from you.

To give feedback and see our procedure, please visit the Northamptonshire County Council feedback page.

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