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 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.