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How to talk to agencies

Contacting adoption agencies about a child that you may want to consider adopting is likely to be both exciting and daunting. Here are some useful guidelines for you to consider when enquiring about a child/sibling group featured on 'Children Who Wait' online.

Don't hesitate to ask for information

When talking to an agency about a child/sibling group who is featured in 'Children Who Wait' online do not be afraid to ask for all of the information that you require.

Consider the child's background

Make sure you understand the implications of any abuse or neglect the child may have been subjected to, and try to think how you would help the children live with their past.

Talk about contact

Talk to the agency about the type of contact that is envisaged with the child's birth family, and the support and advice that will be available for you.

Find out what the child's needs will be

Remember to ask about the children's health and educational needs. Their medical records will be available to you if your application goes forward.

Important details

Confirm the legal status of the children, explore your eligibility for an Adoption Allowance and what adoption support is available.

Information about you

Provide initial and relevant information about yourself, including whether you are a single person or a couple, racial/ethnic origins, approved status, where you live, age of child/children approved for etc.