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I want to adopt

On this page we will explain the process of becoming an adoptive parent.

You can make an initial enquiry about adopting using our online form

Stage 1: Registration of interest

Once you have made an enquiry an adoption social worker will meet with you to find out more about you and your situation.

This will include completing the required statutory checks for adoption including:

  • three personal references
  • a medical examination with your GP
  • a disclosure.

You will also be invited to attend module training sessions with other prospective adoptive parents where you will discuss any issues involved in adoption and learn from existing adoptive parents’ experiences. 

Based on the information gathered during this period, the agency will make a decision as to whether you are suitable to adopt and to carry on with the process. 

This part of the process will take approximately two months to complete.

 


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Stage 1: Registration of interest

Once you have made an enquiry an adoption social worker will meet with you to find out more about you and your situation.

This will include completing the required statutory checks for adoption including:

  • three personal references
  • a medical examination with your GP
  • a disclosure.

You will also be invited to attend module training sessions with other prospective adoptive parents where you will discuss any issues involved in adoption and learn from existing adoptive parents’ experiences. 

Based on the information gathered during this period, the agency will make a decision as to whether you are suitable to adopt and to carry on with the process. 

This part of the process will take approximately two months to complete.

 

Stage 2: Assessment and training

As part of the next stage you will complete a number of assessments and training courses.

These will help:

  • confirm that you are the right kind of person to adopt
  • give you the additional skills you need to be an adoptive parent.

The main part of the assessment is a series of visits made by a social worker who will get to know you and your family and spend time helping you think about what strengths you could bring as an adoptive parent. They will also discuss your childhood and life experiences.

These discussions will be collected into an assessment report which will go to an adoption panel as part of your application to adopt. 

This part of the process will take approximately four months to complete.

Stage 3: Adoption panel

Your application to adopt a child or young person will then be discussed at the adoption panel, where a decision will be made and you may become an approved adopter. 

Before your application goes to the adoption panel you will be invited to comment and contribute your views on the assessment report. You may also attend the panel.

Stage 4: Matching

Once your application has been approved we will begin the process of finding the right child or children for you. 

We will offer you information about every child you consider including their health and education and any specific support needs. 

There will also be an opportunity for you to meet the child before you adopt them.

Stage 5: Adoption order

At the point the Adoption Order is granted, you acquire full legal parental responsibility for your child, and the local authority and birth parent no longer has any parental responsibility. 

Before the child is legal adopted, we will work closely to ensure all the child’s needs are met. You will have the support of the child’s social worker and your adoption social worker.

After you have legally adopted the child our support will be available to help with any adoption issues throughout the child’s life. 

 

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