Support for adoptive families

Advice

Our experienced team is here to offer support and to signpost you to other services where appropriate. Please contact us on 01480 379679  or email us at AdoptionandSGO.SupportDuty@cambridgeshire.gov.uk. At present we are experiencing a high volume of enquires but we will aim to respond to your enquiry within 2 working days.

In an emergency, which cannot wait until the office is open, please contact the children's out of hours team for your local authority, the telephone number for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is 01733 234724. Importantly, we are not a crisis team and if you are concerned about the emotional well being of mental health of the child you are looking after or parenting please discuss this in the first instance with your family GP.

Meeting your Family's Specific Needs

In the Adoption and Special Guardianship Support Team we recognise that adoption and being cared for by a special guardian can have a lifelong impact on both children and adults. We understand the complexities around this and the challenges families can face. Therefore, our team will work to assess your support needs and provide you with a tailored support package should needs be identified. We are here to help.

Please contact us on 01480 379679 or email us at AdoptionandSGO.SupportDuty@cambridgeshire.gov.uk and will provide further details about how to access this support.

Access to the Adoption Support Fund

The Adoption Support Fund (ASF) has been established to help families access the services they need more easily. The amount per child per year is £5,000 for therapy, as well as a separate amount of up to £2,500 per child if special assessments are needed. Access to the fund is achieved should the team’s assessment identify therapeutic need specifically related to adoption or their family placement.

Post Box

Letterbox contact is a formal arrangement for birth relatives and adoptive families to share information. This is a confidential service. If you have any questions or queries about initiating or existing Letterbox arrangements please contact postbox@cambridgeshire.gov.uk if your child is from Cambridgeshire or tammy.jones@cambridgeshire.gov.uk and Heather.Maxwell@peterborough.gov.uk if you child is from Peterborough.

Support Groups, Study Days and Training

We host a number of Adoption Support Groups across the region where families can come together and share experiences. Please note these groups are specifically for families where the Adoption Order has been granted. The details are below:

WITCHAM GROUP: Please be advised that the December 30th support group will now NOT be going ahead. Any queries please do contact a member of the support groups team on the designated email.

  • Monthly Parents only Support Groups – (Ely and Peterborough)
  • Monthly Stay and Play Groups for Pre-School Children – (Ely and Peterborough)
  • Monthly Small Activity Venue for the whole of the family to join other families – (Peterborough)

For information contact: SupportGroups@cambridgeshire.gov.uk 

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