Adoption and the Covid-19 UK Lockdown

Following last night’s (January 4, 2021) announcement of the beginning of a new national Lockdown in the UK, due to rising Covid-19 cases, Faith in Families thought it would be useful to clarify how restrictions affect prospective adopters, and current adoptive parents and their adopted children.

The following is not a comprehensive list but should prove useful. For further updates and information please go to the UK Government Coronavirus website at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

During Lockdown, parts of the adoption process may face some delay but can continue. Prospective adopters can still:

  • apply to adopt and be assessed as adopters
  • meet a child/children who may be placed with them
  • have a child/children placed with them for adoption.

At Faith in Families we have successfully assessed and approved over 25 families during the various Covid-19 restrictions, and continue to welcome applications from a wide variety of people.

Parents with adopted children should know that colleges, primary school (reception onwards) and secondary schools should remain open for vulnerable children. ‘Vulnerable’ is defined by the Government’s current advice as:

  • Adopted children or children on a special guardianship order.
  • Children with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan in place.
  • Those children/young people who may have difficulty engaging with remote education at home (for example due to a lack of devices or a quiet space to study).
  • Pupils and students who need to attend educational sites, to receive support or manage risks to their mental health.

The following information on some of the facilities/public services/businesses allowed to stay open during the national Lockdown, may also be useful for families:

  • NHS and medical services, such as GPs and dentists (for both urgent and non-urgent procedures)
  • outdoor playgrounds
  • courts services
  • mobility and disability support shops
  • places of worship
  • Jobcentre Plus sites.

Faith in Families’ offices are currently closed but staff are working remotely to continue providing our ‘Outstanding’ (as rated six times by Ofsted) services. All our workers are contactable by individual mobiles and emails.  A duty worker is available every weekday and will return calls from messages, sent via the website or left on the answerphone. 

Around 4,000 children are waiting for new families, so we can’t stop.

Stay safe and well everyone,

Faith in Families.