Local Authority or a Voluntary Adoption Agency?
After many years of thinking and healing, we are now ready to start the exciting and scary process of adoption. We have approached our Local Authority (the Council) but we have been extremely disappointed with the initial meeting. We left the meeting feeling somehow guilty of something terrible and that in order to be successful in the adoption process we will need to "prove our innocence".
I am now learning that there are other options, aside the Council, and I have found a few charities and trusts linked to our area. I will now book a few information events with these agencies and will go for there...Even though I searched quite a bit, I do not seem to figure out the differences between using the Local Authority or a Voluntary Adoption Agency.
I gather that the process is pretty much the same, only that the people helping you get to the Panel are quite different in skill and compassion, and on this point, I concluded that the Voluntary Adoption Agencies are much more suited to us, especially after that meeting with the council. However, if we do get approved, will there be a difference between the children available through the LA or the VAA?
Ay other differences that you know of?
Many thanks and happy New Year!