As an adopted person you have certain rights, both now and when you turn 18. It’s important to know them because they can affect how you deal with your situation.
You have the right to have support from an adoption support worker to help you work out things that are important to you, including:
- School stuff -Your entitlement to the Pupil Premium
- Accessing your adoption file gov.uk/adoption-records
- Thinking about your birth family or contacting them – You have a right to be supported through this by your local authority or an adoption support agency.
- Help if you’ve been contacted on Facebook or other social media -Your Birth parents are not allowed to know your adoptive name and should not contact you until you are 18. However, this does not stop this from happening and it can be a confusing/ upsetting/ worrying time. It can help to talk through how this has affected you and what you want to do.
- Help with how being adopted makes you feel – You may be experiencing all sort of feelings that you don’t necessarily understand. It can really help to talk these through with someone, such as a counsellor, social worker or mentor.
- Meeting other adopted people – You’re not alone! If you want to meet other adopted teenagers there should be groups and events in your local area. Check with your local council for details, or join us on our activity days!