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Questions from Social Worker

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selly24 Sun 17-May-15 22:58:23

A social worker from a voluntary adoption agency is coming to our home at the end of this week for an initial chat/meeting. Any idea what kind of questions we might be asked/ need to be prepared for?
Thanks in advance

GirlsWhoWearGlasses Mon 18-May-15 07:13:24

Why do you want to adopt? What sort of age range of child/children? If you have a partner, how long have you been together? What kind of supports do you have? What would you do about work?

All the best!

slkk Mon 18-May-15 08:50:28

What is your home/area like? How would it affect other siblings? Have you fully accepted not having birth children? Wha experience do you have with children?

slkk Mon 18-May-15 08:50:51

Hope all goes well xxx

Tangerineandturquoise Mon 18-May-15 14:27:19

Really they want a chat, and from the chat they will try and draw out information to see if you are suitable or if there may be issues.
What is your journey to this point, anything traumatic. Previous relationships, other children. What was your childhood like. How do you cope with stress. Have you tried to adopt before, have you had dealings with the local authority before- anything that will hinder an enhanced DBR
Is there any other adoption in the family
Some of this will come through conversation and some from specific questions.

WereJamming Mon 18-May-15 22:57:56

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Italiangreyhound Mon 18-May-15 23:03:59

Hope it goes well.

selly24 Tue 19-May-15 11:29:07

Thanks to everyone- these are all very helpful.�� Friday is the day. We have just moved so will spend the next few days organizing and trying to create an impression of some kind of normality!

Devora Tue 19-May-15 12:16:39

You will find lots of threads on the important but vexed topic of which biscuits to serve. Good luck!

Kewcumber Tue 19-May-15 20:28:13

and the answer btw is chocolate digestives, dark chocolate if you want to look intellectual.

Which they won;t eat, they will ask for water and they will not drink that.

Devora Tue 19-May-15 22:42:21

You, however, will inhale all the biscuits in one go as soon as the social worker exits the door, in a binge frenzy of released stress.

I wouldn't go for dark chocolate digestive myself, on the grounds that you don't want to appear TOO intellectual to a social worker. Jammy Dodgers strongly suggest you are Not Taking This Seriously. Hob Nobs indicate lack of flexibility and humour. Pink wafers - you may struggle to tolerate diversity. Rich tea - you secretly despise social workers. Don't bake your own - they'll think you're needy.

You may of course choose to reject all this advice as lacking a strong evidence base.

JaneDonne Wed 20-May-15 15:08:34

I had ds's six monthly review today and only the IRO and ds ate the biscuits.

<Gazes ruefully at empty plate of dark chocolate Bahlsens she's just scoffed to 'tidy up'>

excitedmtb Wed 20-May-15 18:22:30

haha....laughing at Devora and Kews comments. I always found most SW said no to drinks and biscuits. Then I offered teas/coffees etc during a review and all 7 of them wanted teas and coffees.

I don't drink tea or coffee....

I never offered again.....

Fairy13 Sun 31-May-15 16:33:41

Social worker here (not adoption though - does that make a difference?)

Only ever been offered biscuits once (am in the wrong field, clearly) - choc vianneses.

Couldn't eat them. Was my first week as a NQSW, was joint visit, was terrified. Didn't know if I'd get hounded after for being unprofessional. Didn't want to spray biscuits crumbs whilst doing an assessment.

I do think that's a great choic of biscuit though!

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