At Barnardo's we help everyone involved with the adoption process, from adoptive parents to children, adults adopted as children, birth parents and relatives.
The Birth Family Member Support Service can help you if a child or children in your family is going to be placed for adoption. Where a local authority has asked us to provide this independent service it can be available for up to 12 months after the placement order has been made.
With your agreement, a social worker from your local authority will refer to us to arrange a meeting with one of our independent counsellors, who will be able to help you understand the adoption process. During the meeting you will be able to talk through:
If you contact us, we can check whether your local authority has asked us to deliver a Support Service. If not, we will ask them if they will do so.