Adoptive families

When your child joins your family you will be offered support, advice and guidance by your social worker whilst you get used to being a family.  

Once the adoption order is made you can request an assessment of your post adoption support needs at any time.

If your child was placed by another local authority, and the adoption order was made three years ago or less, then you can access support from the Local Authority who placed your child with you. After this you can contact us for an assessment. 

An assessment will explore how best to meet the needs of your child and family.  We can offer individual packages of support which may include:

  • counselling, advice and information
  • training events and workshops on topics such as managing post adoption contact, telling, building relationships and therapeutic parenting.
  • stay and play sessions for new families across Lancashire
  • Family events across Lancashire
  • an annual newsletter providing information about adoption and updates about Lancashire's adoption service
  • Buddying up with other adoptive parents
  • advice, support and mediation with post adoption contact arrangements
  • signposting and support in accessing relevant services
  • access to SCAYT+, a team of emotional health workers, social workers and clinical psychologists.
  • therapeutic work with children and families
  • direct work with children including life story work
  • assistance if relationships within the adoptive family are breaking down
  • advocacy and liaison with education and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)
  • financial support

If you want further information you can contact us Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, on the numbers at the bottom of this page.

Adoption Support Fund

Following an assessment the post adoption support team may be able to make an application to the Adoption Support Fund for funding for specific therapeutic support for your family. The availability of funding has been extended until the year 2020.

Further information can be found on the first4adoption and Adoption UK websites. You can also contact the post adoption support team for advice or to request an assessment.

Support for children and young people

We're here to:

  • Listen to your views and feelings
  • Help you understand your birth history
  • Give you support in writing mailbox letters
  • Provide advocacy and liaison with other agencies

If you want further information you can contact the post adoption support team.

Every agency has an adoption support service advisor (ASSA) who provide advice and information to all those involved in adoption.  The ASSA can also help you access adoption support and other specialist services

Adoption support service advisor (ASSA)
Room B45
County Hall
Preston PR1 0LD

Other support


Schools are asked to give all children adopted from care priority access to schools, which means that your child should be able to attend whichever school you think best meets their needs. You can find out more about how to apply for a school place in the schools section.

Schools can claim extra funding for previously looked after children called pupil premium. Find out more in the previously looked after children section.

Free early education for two year olds

If your child is two years old you can take up the offer of a free early education place.  You will need to be referred by a professional like a Children and Family Wellbeing Service (previously children's centres) worker.

Special educational needs

If you think your child may have special educational needs we can help. Visit the special educational needs and disabilities - local offer to find out who you can speak to and what support is available.

Useful Websites

Please note that we are not responsible for the content of external websites.

The national information service for anyone interested in adopting a child in England.

On this site you can download the adoption passport: a guide to the post adoption support services available to you.

CoramBAAF is an independent membership organisation for professionals, foster carers and adopters, and anyone else working with or looking after children in or from care, or adults who have been affected by adoption. It is a successor organisation to the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF).

Adoption UK
A national charity run by and for adopters. They provide information, training and guidance at all stages of the adoption process.

Benefits advice

To ensure you are receiving all the benefits you are entitled to as a parent contact the County Benefits Service.



Burnley and Pendle: 01282 478418
Hyndburn, Rossendale & Ribble Valley: 01254 320759
Chorley and West Lancashire: 01772 530919
Lancaster, Fylde and North Wyre: 01524 585 939
Central Lancashire: 01772 535066


Mailbox enquiries:
Post adoption calendar of training and events: