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Approval panel questions? Matching panel questions

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Hi,


We have approval panel in a little over a week and we just met our LOs foster carers today and are meeting our LOs for the first time 3 days before approval panel (we've already been kind of matched but not gone through panel yet so doing everything a bit backwards as we're going through a bespoke family finding service)! Our assessing social worker has met with LOs social worker and shared info about us - so I'm guessing they wouldn't have let it progress to this stage if they didn't think we had a good chance. I am still really on edge and I just wondered what questions might be asked so we can have a think about how we'd answer them? And also any other tips just on how to get through this agonising wait? We've known we've wanted to adopt our LOs since the very start of stage 1 so if it falls through it's going to be absolutely devastating. I never realised it was possible to fall so much in love with two little people you've never met. Argh!


From people that have gone through both approval and matching panels what is the difference in the questions being asked?


K x


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We just did one panel and were approved and matched at once....that was for specific children like you. Sorry its too long ago to remember specific questions, but I do remember them asking about how I thought my work experience would help (was in a related field).


Good luck


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Ah OK we have two still with an almost 3 week wait inbetween


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usually why these children, do you understand their needs, how can you meet their needs, support networks, plans for adoption leave


good luck !


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Is that for approval or matching panel Serrakunda?


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matching panel mostly


but they may ask general questions about support and adoption leave at approval. I was asked what I had learned about myself during the process which was quite interesting to answer


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are the questions likely to be more difficult if you are adopting children with SEN?


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depends what you mean by more difficult. The point of the question is the same, can you meet their needs. If they have SEN that may be more complex to answer.

You might also be asked about worst case scenarios, are you prepared for that, what if they can't achieve independence, how will you support them, what if you have to give up your jobs


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Hi how are you getting on?


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