...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.

Foster parent


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

There may be times when you, as a family, need advice, assistance and support. Family Plus is a dedicated team that supports adoptive families and families with a Special Guardianship Order or Child Arrangement Order.

We have specialist therapeutic workers qualified in:

  • Video Interactive Guidance
  • Theraplay
  • Therapeutic Life Story Work
  • Dyadic Development Practice
  • Non Violence Resistance
  • Clinical Psychologists with expertise in working with children and families who have experienced trauma, abuse and loss and have attachment difficulties and emotional, behavioural difficulties.

We also have:

  • A specialist life story book co-coordinator for adopted children
  • Family worker reviewing officers who provide specialist advice and support for families and children under a Special Guardianship Order.

If you feel you need advice or support, please get in touch. We can help, either through our own skilled therapeutic family workers or through guiding you to the most appropriate support services.

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 access to one of the most comprehensive support networks in the UK, there to offer help and advice when it is needed most.

You will  have a mentor, who is an experienced foster carer who will also support and guide you through your first year, as well as access to our East and West Cornwall teams of dedicated social workers.

Our Central Support Team, comprised of health specialists, youth workers and educational psychology professionals,  operates an out of hours service 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 also 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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