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Adoption journey - first steps

We’re committed to making the process as smooth as possible for everyone taking part. But we do have to work within the statutory framework put in place by the Government. Here’s how it works:

Initial contact

When you contact us, you’ll have a telephone discussion with a duty social worker from the Adoption Team. We will ask you to come to an information evening, which will give you the opportunity to find out more and decide if adoption is right for you.

Initial interview

At this meeting a social worker will discuss with you in more detail what is involved and answer any questions you may prefer to ask in private. It’s a chance to have an informal chat about why you want to adopt and for us let you know more about the assessment process.

Following the initial interview, we will discuss with you, the timing of your progression to Stage 1 and the completion of the Registration of Interest (ROI).

If you would like to talk to a member of our team call us on 01234 718718 or email adoptionandfostering@bedford.gov.uk