Adoption and Permanence
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Stage one

  • This begins once your formal application has been received.  We must decide within 5 working days whether or not to accept your application.
  • It lasts two months unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example  a death in your family.
  • You carry out some initial training and preparation while your social worker does essential statutory checks.
  • Stage 1 ends with the agency (Hounslow) making a decision on whether you meet the requirements for Stage 2: this will be in writing.