They say that as baby is now placed with us for adoption then the allowance is stopped, the same as any baby placed with a family for adoption wouldn't get a fostering allowance while waiting to go to court.
We have been told we can claim CB but it will probably take a while to come through and then will be backdated. Not sure what paperwork we have to have but I'm sure our SW said she had to write something....
With DD's arrival I seem to remember getting a Child benefit number or something pretty quickly. I can't actually remember how I got it, I think it just arrived (ie. organised by SS).
I had to have child benefit (my reference number) before I could claim Child Tax Credit.
Whether it's all changed since then (3 years ago), I don't know.
Obviously I wasn't fostering our DS first but on the day of placement we got his placement order and birth certificate. We had to send off birth certificate with application and also include a contact number for a SW involved in our case so they could ring and confirm and then I got my Child Benefit.
I have just filed my claim for CB so can advise how i did it
We do have copies of Birth certs so sent them off with the standard CB pack forms which i think you can ring to get (our LA send us out the CB pack) and it has a section for adoption- it has a bit about not sending in birth certs and a reason why- i know they then contact your LA to confirm details as some birth parents/families dont stop claiming CB once children are removed!
Suzie- when your getting fostering money you cant get CB however once that stops then you can...........think at the mo your alot better off!
Fiona- as you have another child that you get CB for maybe give them a ring and ask as it may be a shorter process for you.