Children and young people

If you would like to meet other adopted children and young people, or if you would like to talk individually about being adopted, Devon Adoption run activity days for younger children and for teenagers where you can have fun in the company of other young people who have shared some of your experiences.

A group of adopted teenagers also meet regularly to plan activity days, events and to offer consultation and feedback to the adoption service. If you would like to be involved in these groups please get in touch using the contact details on the left.

  • If you would like to talk to a social worker who understands about adoption, just get in touch.
  • Stand Up Speak Up is  Devon’s  children in care website. It is designed to give you, as a young person, a chance to tell us what you think about what’s important to you and how well we, at Devon County Council, are doing. It is also a way for you to hear how what you are saying is making a difference, how we are listening to you and what we are doing about the issues you raise.
  • You may also find the Talk Adoption website: useful. It features a free helpline, bulletin board and information for young people affected by adoption.

We have developed two guides for children and young people who have been adopted or are going through adoption, and want to know more about the process:

Download documentChildren’s guide to adoption PDF download

Download documentYoung person’s guide to adoption PDF download


Types of contact with birth families

There are two types of contact which can help adopted children keep in touch with their birth families:

  • direct contact – arranged face-to-face meetings
  • indirect contact – through letters and referred to as letterbox

Letterbox is the most common form of contact for adopted children. See factsheet:

Download document5. Letterbox Service factsheet  PDF download

Your social worker will also give you advice and information about how it works.

Life Story books

Devon Adoption Support Service workers produce Life Story Books for adopted children, which will explain their story to them in an age-appropriate fashion to help understand about being adopted and how they came to be part of their new family.

We have Life Story Drop-in sessions throughout 2015 you can join.

Download document8. Life Story Books factsheet PDF download

Contact us

Children and young people who are adopted or who are going through adoption can approach us at any time and have their say, or call 0345 155 1076.