About us

We are part of Devon County Council and we aim to provide loving, secure, permanent homes for children and young people who are not able to live with their birth families. As part of the local authority we operate as a not-for-profit service, keeping Devon’s children at the centre of everything we do.

We have a dedicated team of very experienced social workers and community care workers based in Barnstaple, Exeter and Totnes.

The team is broadly split into three areas – recruitment and assessing of adopters, family-finding for Devon children and adoption support. Our operations manager covers the whole service, and practice managers are available in each area office. In addition there is a Special Guardianship Team.

We also have a support network of professional adoption specialists, such as educational psychologists, child therapists, psychologists who specialise in adoption issues and occupational therapists.

We are part of Adopt South West –  a partnership of adoption agencies across the region. The adoption agencies in Adopt South West include Devon County Council, Plymouth City Council, Somerset County Council and Torbay Council.

We are working closely together to make the process of applying to become an adopter easier and simpler, so that we can find loving and secure families for the children across the south west who are waiting to be adopted.

Come along and meet us at one of our monthly information sessions. Our events are a great way to find out more about adoption.

Download documentDevon Adoption Statement of Purpose  PDF download

In addition, the Devon Adoption team won the national award for Local Authority Adoption Team of the Year.  Continue reading →

Followed up by a great article in The Guardian by Devon’s Adoption and Fostering Senior Manager, Rachel Gillott.