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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans for the young people of our Borough

How to become an adopter

fostering and adoption

Our Child Placement Team look after both fostering and adoption cases and organise training and development sessions for carers.

They are the first point of contact if you are considering adopting. We have incorporated the stages of the adoption process below.


Contact the Child Placement Team for an information pack

Telephone: 01642 526218


                                          Request an information pack online                                        


Initial visit

Complete the application form within the information pack and we will visit you to give you more information.


Preparation group

You will attend a preparation and training course which usually lasts for four days.



A social worker will be allocated to complete your assessment, which we aim to complete in eight months.


The panel

A social worker presents your assessment to the panel who will consider your application.


Final decision

The Head of Operations will make a final decision about whether you should be approved.



If you are approved, we will contact you when we have children who need a family.