Adoption Service

The South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust provides adoption services for Looked After Children in need of permanency. Adoption is an option for children and young people at any age and includes step parent adoption as well as stranger adoption.

A permanent family offers the opportunity to meet the child/young person's developmental needs by providing a sense of belonging, security, protection, food, clothing and shelter, love and acceptance, stability, continuity and predictability in family relationships, connections to the past, hope for the future and lifetime family connections.

The Adoption Team provides a number of services:

  • Assessing prospective adopters and presenting to panel for registration to be decided. Following registration as adoptive parents the Team will provide support visits and review their circumstances regularly
  • The Adoption Team will be involved in matching a child with adopters and following the placement of a child will remain in contact with the family until the Adoption Order is granted
  • The Adoption Team also provide post adoption support in times of crisis

Most adopted children have been “looked after” by the Trust prior to adoption. These children may have been in care for a number of reasons: parental neglect, risk of abuse, or because parents were suffering long term mental illness. The Trust views each child as an individual and strives to match their needs to adoptive families.


Contact 

Adoption Team
61 Woodland Park
Lisburn
BT28 1LQ

Telephone: (028) 9260 7528

Adoption Service
Children's Services
Bangor Hospital
Castle Street, Bangor
BT20 4TA

Telephone: (028) 9127 0672

Or visit www.adoptionandfostering.hscni.net