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Adopting in Waltham Forest

If you’re aged 21 or over and can offer a child love and support in stable and nurturing home, you can apply to adopt. In Waltham Forest there are children of different ages and sibling groups from many different backgrounds who need homes.

Early Help Support for families

The Early Help Service works in partnership with other professionals, parents and carers to intervene early when families need more support. The aim is to address problems at the earliest opportunity - before they can escalate - and to enable families to support their children to…

Fostering and adoption

Fostering a child is an exciting and highly rewarding experience for anyone wanting to make a difference to the life of a child or young person. Our fostering pages tell you all about fostering with us. If you can offer a child a permanent, caring and…

Fostering in Waltham Forest

Fostering a child is an exciting and highly rewarding experience for anyone wanting to make a difference to the life of a child or a young adult. Thinking of fostering with Waltham Forest?Make an enquiry or register online and one of our team will contact…

Looked after children

Looked after children are children who are cared for by their local council. By law, we must look after children who cannot live with their families. This can be for a number of reasons. However, this is generally due to a voluntary agreement by the…

Private fostering

Private fostering is when a child under 16 (18 if they are disabled) is in the care of someone other than their parents or close relative. Parents and carers must notify the council when agreeing on private fostering. Professionals working with children have a duty…

Special guardianship

Special guardianship is a court order which allows parental control over a child by individuals other than the parent. They are usually made to members of the extended birth family or other significant people, such as a child’s long term foster carer. A special guardianship…
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