Make a huge difference to a vulnerable child’s life by becoming an adoptive parent or foster carer.

We believe children have limitless potential if they are given the right start in life. That’s why every child deserves a safe and nurturing family.

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1. Adoption

We have many children in our care at Lambeth, and they deserve the chance to grow up in a loving and secure home. The sort of home we hope you can provide.

The adoption process:

  1. Expressing your interest
  2. The initial interview
  3. The formal application
  4. The home assessment
  5. Going to panel
  6. Being linked with a child
  7. Meeting the child
  8. Moving in
  9. The adoption order
  10. On-going support

Training and support

We will support you through every step of the adoption process, from your initial enquiry to after you have adopted. To ensure each and every child is placed in a loving, caring and supportive home, we’ll prepare you for what is to come. Our preparation group training course helps you understand how adoption works and is structured to provide you with a grounded, realistic, yet enthusiastic and motivated view of the process.

First 4 Adoption

We work with First 4 Adoption who answer all our initial enquiry phone calls, all their call handles are approved adopter and are trained in answering any initial questions about adoption you may have. They will send you a Lambeth information pack via email. You can contact them on 0300 222 5935.

Lambeth Adoption Duty

Adoption Duty currently operates Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Please call our adoption duty line on 020 7926 8503 or email for a friendly chat.

2. Fostering

Fostering information sessions

If you would like to find out more about fostering please come along to one of our monthly fostering information sessions at International House, 6 Canterbury Crescent London SW9 7QE on the dates below. Please pre-register with us before attending the information session.

Monthly Information Session
26 July 2016 - 10.00am - 11.15am
30 August 2016 - 4.30am to 5.45pm
27 September 2016 - 10.00am to 11.15am
25 October 2016 - 4.30pm to 5.45pm
29 November 2016 - 10.00am to 11.15am

To register for an information session or for further information on fostering you can email or call us on the details below:

020 7926 8710

Types of fostering

  • Short term placements - includes baby placements and can be anything from an overnight stay to up to 2 years, dependent on the care plan.

  • Long-term placements - foster carers are matched to a specific child, or children, to offer stability where adoption isn't an option. Children are usually aged 6 or older.

  • Emergency placements - when it is in a child’s best interest to be immediately removed from their family or carer, they are placed in emergency foster home placements while a more appropriate placement is found. Because these placements are unplanned, they happen at very short notice and usually last for a few days.

  • Respite placements - allow birth families or foster carers to take a break from their responsibilities. These are usually planned for an agreed period of time, usually weekends, 1 week, or during school holidays.

  • Specialist placement - some children or young people, such as those with disabilities or those on remand, have additional, very specific needs. To meet those needs, carers need specific skills, experience and resourcefulness.


  • Once you have become an approved foster carer, a social worker will be allocated to you to support you in your role
  • We also offer specialist training so you can be assured you will be ready to cope with almost any situation
  • You will also receive a weekly allowance set out below, to help you care for each child placed with you
  • Aged 0 to 12: £358.51 per week
  • Aged 13 to 17: £394.47 per week
  • Children with a disability or remand carers: £601.53 to £607.54

Benefits may also include:

  • Free baby equipment
  • Supervising social worker to help guide and support you during your fostering career
  • 24/7 advice service available
  • A range of social events to cater for carers and their sons and daughters
  • Bonus after 1st year of approval
  • Peer mentoring to guide you through your early days in fostering
  • Regular support groups
  • Opportunities to enhance your fostering role i.e. joining committees and panel
  • Approved carers receive £500 reward if they refer a friend and they become a carer

For more information about fostering email: