Post adoption support
‘Letterbox’ is a way of communicating information about your families between you, your children and the adopters at agreed times throughout the year. This means that adopted children have regular information about their birth family as they grow up. It’s so important for children to know that you are thinking of them and that you are interested in knowing how they are getting on.
Having news about children from the adoptive parents gives you the chance to know how they are developing and to know that they are safe and well. We understand that this may bring back painful feelings or memories, but most people feel that the information is really important and continue sharing and receiving information.
A contact agreement
Initially an agreement will be drawn up between yourself and the adoptive parents. It’s important to remember that the agreement does not hold any legal obligation unless, unusually, a contact order has been granted in court or if contact is included in the placement order.
The agreement outlines what is expected of you and the adoptive parents. It will define when and what type of contact you have e.g. letter, photo, cards etc. It’s really important to keep to these times as children will be expecting your letter and if it does not arrive can be upsetting.
Over the years, there may need to be changes and some flexibility as the child grows up and their needs change. Any changes that are made will always be in the child’s best interest and you will be kept up to date of the changes.
If you would like further information about letterbox, get in touch:
Telephone: 0300 300 8090