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Stage One

This is known as the pre assessment process and normally takes 2 months to complete, unless there are exceptional circumstances.

During this time, you will undertake adoption training and preparation, whilst we carry out background checks and take up your references.

Stage one of the adoption process begins when we the Agency accept your registration of interest. As part of this process, we will produce a prospective adopter stage one plan with you, which will identify and define roles and responsibilities and explore what adoption will mean for you and your family at a pace which is right for you.

This stage allows you to make an informed decision about whether you want to continue your assessment, based on your understanding of the information provided and if adoption is the right journey for you at this time in your life.

We will work closely with you to help and advise you during this process, and give you the support you need.

Preparation Groups

Adoption preparation and training groups are held monthly in the Blackpool and North West area and consist of three days of intensive information about and exploration of the process. This will provide you with an opportunity to meet experienced adopters and foster carers with experience of helping children move to adoptive families. You will learn about the challenges you may face during the process of adopting a child, and as your child grows up. We will also provide you with the information you need to continue to stage two - the assessment process.

Read about stage two of the adoption process

Did You Know…? 

  • The pre assessment process usually takes 2 months to complete
  • During this time you will receive training and learn more about the process of adoption
  • We will use this time to carry out checks and take up your references


Find out more about the pre assessment process by calling us on 01253 477888 or contact us here.




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