Support for adoptive families

These services can be accessed by any adoptive families who live in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, or those who live outside of this area who have adopted a child through the Royal Borough of Greenwich in the last three years.

All our services are strictly confidential.

Services available for adoptive families

The adoption support services that the Royal Borough of Greenwich currently offer include:

  • initial consultation, advice and information. This can be either on the telephone or in person, by appointment
  • Adoption Support Services Assessments (ASSA). If your family needs further help or services, you are entitled to an assessment of your adoption support needs at any time until your child is 18
  • advice, counselling and information
  • training
  • respite care
  • financial assistance
  • support for step-parent families
  • support for people who have adopted from overseas.

Support for young people

We offer a variety of support for children and young people which includes individual work, help with life-story books and explaining adoption, teenage workshops and an annual invitation to our fun day.

Contact with birth families

We can also look at the issue of contact between adopted children and their birth families to promote the child's sense of identity and belonging.

This can be either direct contact through meetings, or indirect contact such as writing letters. This is known as our Letterbox Service.

Adoption support evenings and workshops

These sessions provide a chance to meet other adoptive parents, and there is usually a guest speaker.

Workshops and training are available from South London Adoption Consortium.

All of our adopters are invited to any adoption workshops that we organise. If you would like further information on our workshops, please contact the Adoption Support Team.

Family days

We hold an annual summer fun day with refreshments, entertainment and activities for all the family.

Working with other services

We work with other services, such as the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHs), which can offer experienced and specially trained workers to help with different stages of the adoption.

Contact the Adoption Support Team

If you would like to know more or be put on our mailing list to receive information about events which may be of interest, contact the Adoption Support Team.