Your adoption journey

From the moment you first consider adopting you have begun the adoption process and are on a journey to discover if it is right for you and what kind of parent you might be. That journey is made together with the social workers and staff at an adoption agency, whose job it is to make sure that prospective adopters are the best possible parents for the children in need of a home.

The adoption process

In the very first instance we suggest that you attend one of our adoption information sessions. These can be found in our events page. The adoption information sessions are held regularly and offer the opportunity to hear from adoption team managers, adoption social workers, post adoption support workers and experienced approved adoptive parents who will talk you through the process and provide lots of information.

These sessions give you an opportunity to find out about the adoption assessment process, to start considering the rewards and challenges
of adoption and ask questions relevant to you own situation.

  • Exploration
    Step 1

    Exploration

    Reading, research and attending information meetings provide opportunities for you to find out about the adoption assessment process, to start considering the types of children that need parents, the rewards and challenges of adoption and ask questions relevant to you own situation.

  • Initial Adoption Checks and Registration
    Step 2

    Initial checks & registration

    When you have found an adoption agency you are comfortable with, it’s time to start the formal evaluation process, which includes things like references and background checks. This stage will take no longer than 2 months.

  • Training & assessment
    Step 3

    Training & assessment

    This is a four-month stage, where a social worker will work with you and your family, assessing your strengths before presenting it in a report to the Adoption Panel.

  • Matching with the right child
    Step 4

    Matching with the right child

    Your adoption agency works with local authorities to find the right child for you. They will discuss the suitability of children with you and a matching panel makes the final decision.

  • Moving in
    Step 5

    Moving in

    Once a match has been made, you spend time getting to know the child with the support of your social workers. A series of visits and short stays lead up to the child moving in. After a while, you can apply to the court to become their legal parent.

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FAQs and misconceptions

Many people are put off the idea of adoption because they think they are not able to adopt. Here are some of the questions we are frequently asked about adoption.

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