With 60,000 children in the care system and national child protection scandals hitting the headlines at an alarming rate, adoption and fostering are topical issues. It can be hard for prospective adopters and foster carers to get comprehensive, no-nonsense advice and guidance.
This adoption and fostering guide is here to help. Packed with practical advice and the latest information on how to adopt or foster a child, it takes you through the entire process: from making initial enquiries and starting an application to the approval process and the first days at home.
The legislative maze is fully explained and guidance is given on planning for your new family both emotionally and practically.
Find out what to expect when meeting your child for the first time, how to get financial help and where to get further support.
History of Adoption
Why Consider Adoption?
Early Enquiries and the Application Process
Matching and Making it Official
Life Story Work
Your Shopping List and First Days at Home
Contact with Birth Family
Benefits and Family Finances
Attachment Disorder and Problems
Holly Noseda helped launch the Adoption UK online community in 2003. The site was set up to help adopters and prospective adopters share their experiences and knowledge, and won Charity Website of the Year 2004.
An experienced writer and editor, Holly has written for national newspapers, websites and magazines. She currently works as a community manager, journalist, editor and consultant.
Holly has studied social policy and lives with husband, James, and children, Mia, Alfie and Elliot in South East England.