Steps to adoption
Adoption is where you become the legal parent of a child or children. If you are at least 21 years old and can provide a permanent, stable and caring home, your application or enquiry will be welcomed.
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.
- Step 1: Registration of interest
- Step 2: Assessment and training
- Step 3: Adoption panel
- Step 4: Matching
- Step 5: Adoption order
Step 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.