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 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.