Stage 2 is a 4 month process. During this time you will be assessed and a decision will be made on whether you are suitable to become an adopter. You will also have the opportunity to attend training sessions that will give you the skills you need to become an adoptive parent.
You will agree a detailed plan at the start of your assessment process, which will include meetings, training dates and all the additional information you will require to complete Stage 2.
You will be invited to attend a two-day preparation group, where you will be able to revisit some of the issues in more depth as well as focus on the following steps of the process: matching and placement. The course will include:
- Placement: how to ease the transition of the children into their new family
- Becoming a family: how to promote attachment and help parents bond with their child/children
- Matching: a presentation about family finding, including profiles and DVDs of children.
The main part of the assessment is a series of interviews made by your social worker, which will take place both at your home and at the agency's offices. During this time, your worker will have conversations with you, your family and wider social circle in order to get to know you and help you think about your strengths as an adoptive parent. Using feedback from preparation groups, you will also be able to discuss possible areas for learning. There are no right or wrong answers and we don't have a blueprint for what makes the perfect parent. The home study stage is an opportunity for honest reflection and to talk openly with your adoption social worker about all aspects of adopting a child.
Making a decision
Your adoption social worker will write a report on the information they have gathered during the assessment stage. The report is submitted to Kent's Adoption Panel, who will then make a recommendation as to whether your application should be accepted. You will then be invited to attend the panel meeting as an opportunity for you to share your strengths as an adoptive parent. The final decision on approval is formally made by the Agency's Decision Maker.
If you are approved we will begin matching you with a child.