...It does have its challenges, but we know we have support from our support worker as well as from other foster carers. We also know that there is 24/7 help if needed.

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Support

Regardless of if you are thinking about Adopting or Fostering in Cornwall we provide outstanding support to both you and the children under your care.

Support for Adoption

Adoptive families sometimes need support. Adoption support with Cornwall Council is lifelong for adopted people. We have a dedicated support team – The Family Plus Team. The Family Plus Team is a made of expert professionals, let by the Team Manager. The team includes:

  • Social workers
  • Support workers
  • A youth worker
  • Therapists, specialising in Theraplay
  • A phycologist
  • A Health worker

We support adopted children, adults and the adoptive parents throughout their journey. We can offer a range of bespoke therapeutic support, working closely with families to best meet their needs.

Cornwall is one of ten local authorities chosen by the Government to pilot the Adoption Support Fund. The fund can be used to provide therapeutic services to adoptive families. This can includes support such as Drama Therapy and Psychological support.

Support for Fostering

Once approved, all foster carers have a dedicated support worker who will visit them and are there to offer help and advice.

You will also have a mentor, who is an experienced foster carer who will also support and guide you through your first year.

We have an out of hours service which operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This means that there is always a member of the Fostering Team for you to talk to, and that we can get help to you at any time should it be needed.

We run a continuous training programme throughout the year. Some of the training is mandatory and some of it is not. The training ranges from core skills that are needed to be a foster carer to more specialist training which carers may benefit from in order to meet the needs of a specific child in their care.

There are regular support groups run by – and for – foster carers.

"Get in contact, there’s nothing to lose, and everything to gain. You could gain a new family!"

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