The views and experiences of approved adopters in five regional adoption agencies

Shirley Lewis, Julie Selwyn

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


This research followed the progress of 41 prospective adopters who had completed their preparation group training in five Regional Adoption Agencies (RAAs) between November 2018 and March 2020. The adopters had been selected as they had indicated at the end of their training that they were willing to adopt a sibling group, an older child, or a child with complex needs. Fifteen of the 41 prospective adopters were interviewed once, 23 interviewed twice, and three adoptive parents were interviewed three times: a total of 70 interviews. Just over half (38) of the interviews took place before the country went into lockdown on the 23rd March 2020 because of COVID-19 and 32 interviews occurred after that date and during periods of restrictions. Our first report on the views of the prospective adopters on the assessment and approval process is available on the Department for Education website1 and this research is part of a wider evaluation of the regionalisation of adoption services.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherDepartment for Education
Commissioning bodyDepartment for Education
Number of pages45
ISBN (Electronic)9781838702816
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2021
Externally publishedYes


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