I'll start: When we adopted DD2 the initial plan had been an immediate (FtA type) placement. This wasn't possible, so our SW got us to approval in 3 months, so DD didn't languish in care. She did much of the training in the evenings and weekends so it could be rushed though.
When the LA were faffing and procrastinating our SW's fierce manager came to the planning meeting and cracked some skulls. The result: matching panel two weeks after approval and intros was a week later.
Without my fab agency, DD1 would have spent many more months more in FC.
My SW during approval was fab, very thorough and although she did have me in tears on more than one occasion, she went the extra mile regularly to get things done for me and keep the process moving. She also really ‘got’ me. I can’t rate her highly enough.
I feel that I have been doubly lucky in that my post adoption support SW has been equally fab. Whilst it took an age to get ASF funding approved and therapy actually starting, she was another one who went above and beyond to support me and DD when things were really tough and beauracracy was holding up official therapy actually starting.
I know not everyone has positive experiences with SW but I feel very lucky that I (and DD by extension) have had really good support from people whose hearts are definitely in the right place - despite the multiple inadequacies of the organisation they work for.
Mine has been fantastic all throughout the process, from keeping in contact regularly and doing what she said she will do, to even emailing me with updates along the way because she knows I’m a worrier and would be panicking about my checks coming back lol. She’s on my wave length and I’m so glad I got her, although to be honest the other few assessing social workers seem equally as lovely!
Mine out us through the ringer but when we proved ourselves she became our biggest supporter! I had post adoption depression and utterly freaked out...she was there to support me the whole time and tell me she believed in me. My child’s social worker was so very very kind and patient. Lovely lady and they both matched us so well!
My SW is amazing - she is efficient, so hard-working and goes above and beyond her role. She completely understands me and I have felt comfortable with her from day 1. It takes a lot of pressure off me when you know you can trust and rely on her to do the job. I’m so lucky x
Missed this thread the first time, thanks for resurrecting it! My SW was brilliant - great encourager and supporter through the application, but really amazing in the early weeks and months of placement when things were bloody awful hard. She was full of listening, caring support, gave me loads of her time, always responded quickly, and only offered (really good) advice when I asked for it. She is ace and I still miss her.