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Adoption in Nottinghamshire

Contact the recruitment team

For all general enquiries or a no-obligation discussion:

email: adoption@nottscc.gov.uk
tel: 0845 301 2288
Complete our online enquiry form.

Comments and complaints

Please note: people who contact the County Council to enquire about adoption have their details logged on to our computer system. This information will then be treated as confidential and will not be shared with anyone else but will remain on our system for future reference.

Support After Adoption team

For support for adoptive and birth relatives contact:

email: support.afteradoption@nottscc.gov.uk
tel: 01623 437 988 

Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 5:00pm 
Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm

Thinking of adopting a child?

Nottinghamshire County Council welcomes applications or expressions of interest in adoption from all people in and around the county. Each application is carefully considered on its own merits.

If you think you'd be able to give secure and loving home to one of our children or perhaps groups of brothers or sisters, have a look at this information on who can adopt, which children need adopting, the process involved and the support we provide.

Find out about how to adopt a child

There are many different kinds of children with a wide range of needs waiting to be adopted in Nottinghamshire and we are always looking for people who reflect this diversity.

The adoption process

Adoption is a process in which:

  • a child legally becomes the son or daughter of adoptive parents

  • all rights and responsibilities for a child transfer from the child's natural parents to the adoptive parents

  • a child usually takes the surname of the adoptive parents.

Photo of a child with a parent.

Support for adoptive and birth relatives

Our Support After Adoption service offers support, advice and information to both birth relatives and relatives of the adoptive family.


Information for people who have been adopted

We offer help and support to children who have been adopted. If you're under 18, we can help you meet other children who have been adopted, and you can call us if you need someone to talk to.

If you're over 18, we can help you access your adoption records, trace your birth relatives - we can even support you through a reunion. And if you need someone to talk to, get in touch.

Read about services for people who've been adopted.   

Support for families with adopted children

The adoption service have a Post Adoption Support Team that provides a range of services to adoptive families.

Children who are going to be adopted

Your social worker or foster carer will always be ready to talk with you about what you want and how you feel about things but you m ight like to read this section about what goes on and how you will be involved in it.

Support for birth parents and family members of children involved in adoption

As a birth relative of a child, you or the courts may be thinking of adoption for your child, or you may wish to find out about a child that was adopted many years ago.

Our latest Ofsted Inspection Report

We are very proud to maintain the high standard found by our latest Ofsted inspection, which said: "Support to adopters is outstanding, including comprehensive welfare rights advice, training, support groups, social events and newsletters. The agency is very good at recruiting adopters and making good matches with children waiting to be adopted. The preparation, assessment and approval of adopters is thorough and they are provided with good and full information about children's histories. The service to birth parents is also outstanding and there is a life-long commitment to all involved in the adoption triangle".

The quality of Nottinghamshire County Council’s adoption service is regularly inspected.

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