Matching is key to the long term success of placements.
adoption@heart has developed a matching model with a full assessment of the child’s needs which means we can find an adoptive family truly able to meet those needs. All social workers involved with the child, as well as their current carers will be involved and the adoption@heart adoption support team will also be involved right from the start, working with you to develop an adoption support plan from the time the child is placed with you as their adoptive family.
To support our children to become your children, when we discuss a match with you, we will:
- Provide you with detailed information about the child or children, their background, health and development, including what contact arrangements are to remain in place with members of the child’s birth family post adoption;
- Provide opportunities for you to meet with the child’s social worker and foster carer;
- Provide opportunity for consultations with the agency medical adviser;
- Provide opportunity for consultations with our adoption support service workers /clinical psychologist;
- Provide opportunity for you to meet the child as a ‘friend’ of the current carer – known as a chemistry visit – this allows you the opportunity to get to know the child without the pressure for you or them of being introduced as the new parent – your social worker will discuss and support you with this process.
Support for an informed decision
All of this will support you to make an informed decision about progressing with a proposed match.
If you and the social workers involved with you and the child want to progress with the match, this will be presented to the Adoption Matching Panel, who will make a recommendation about the proposed match, the Agency Decision Maker from the child’s LA will make the decision about the match taking into account reports presented to the adoption matching panel and panel recommendation.
Once the match is agreed a period of introductions with you and the child will be planned during which you will be introduced to them as their adoptive parent/s and you will have opportunity to spend increasing amounts of time with them getting to know their routines etc initially in the foster carers home and then in your home prior to the child/ren moving in with.
The timing and length of introductions varies depending on the needs and age of the child – during introductions your social worker will be in touch with you daily to check in with you about how things are going.