The first consideration in adoption is the welfare of the child. Our main aim in recruiting adopters is to find safe and suitable families for children who cannot live with their own families.
Stockton Council aims to recruit adopters within a 50 miles radius of Stockton-on-Tees although we are flexible in this and will consider applicants outside of this range.
Adoption in the past usually involved babies being placed by unmarried mothers and adopted at a young age. The age of children requiring adoption has traditionally been under two years old.
Today adoption usually involves children in the care of local authorities and these children are likely to be over two years old and some of these children have had some damaging experiences.
In the past the Adoption Order was usually seen as the end of the process and adoption was a closed and secretive topic. Today adoption is a lifelong process, which provides a child with a family to call their own, and also cherishes the child's birth family link.
Read the Adoption Service Statement of Purpose for further information.
Tees Valley Regional Adoption Agency
The five Local Authorities and Voluntary Adoption Agencies across the Tees Valley are developing a plan for a Tees Valley Regional Adoption Agency. The vision of the Agency is to achieve the best possible adoption outcomes for children and adopters through high quality and timely services, delivered in the Tees Valley by an effective and financially sustainable organisation.
See latest update – Agency Newsletter September 2016
Adopters come from all walks of life and all kinds of people may have the commitment, skills and experience to offer a child a positive experience of family life: