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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Support for adopters

fostering and adoption

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council has a duty to assess your adoption support needs and if eligible, provide certain services.

If you live in the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees and have been involved in adoption as a adopted person, birth relative, adopter or relative of an adopter, you may at some point in your life require adoption support. This could include information, counselling, support and guidance or signposting to a relevant service.

Adoption Support Fund

The Adoption Support Fund (ASF) has been established because many families need some kind of therapeutic support following adoption and too many have struggled to get the help they need in the past.  The Fund enables families to access the services they need more easily.  To access the Fund, you will need to have an assessment of your family’s adoption support needs by the local authority.

For more information visit:

Adoption UK - Adoption Support Fund

First4Adoption - Adoption Support Fund

Adoption Support Services Advisor

The Adoption Support Services Advisor (ASSA) is responsible for ensuring that your request for support is dealt with and may become involved in negotiating the provision of support for you.

Contact the Adoption Support Services Advisor for more information.

Telephone: (01642) 526218



The Children's Hub, Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees

If you are an adoptive parent and you feel your child needs assistance or an assessment of need you can make a self-referral by contacting The Children's Hub.

Telephone:  01642 130080



After Adoption support

Stockton Council acknowledges that sometimes people affected by adoption may not want to contact the Local Authority and may want to speak to an independent agency. We have contracted an agency called After Adoption for this purpose. After Adoption is able to offer support to anyone involved in adoption at whatever stage it may be.

Contact After Adoption for further information.

Telephone: 0800 0 568 578


Visit the After Adoption website for further information.