Introduction to adoption
What is adoption?
Adoption is the legal process by which parental responsibility for a child or young person is given to a new parent or parents.
Adoption means that children who can't be cared for by their birth parents can still have the chance to grow up as part of a caring family.
Why adopt with us?
We aim to provide a comprehensive and high quality service to meet the lifelong needs of those whose lives are affected by adoption.
We give particular emphasis to finding and maintaining safe and secure families for children and young people needing adoption enabling them to achieve the best possible outcomes for life.
Who can adopt?
People who adopt can be...
- single, married or unmarried
- from any ethnic or religious background
- heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender
- a homeowner or living in rented accommodation
- employed or on benefits
- as young as 21
Are you able to become an adoptive parent?
Becoming an adoptive parent
The step-by-step process
Adoption is a lifelong commitment. We'll help prepare and support you for this life-changing experience.
Step 1: Exploration
Step 2: Contact us
Step 3: Information evening
Step 4: Home visit
Step 5: Stage 1 assessment
Step 6: Stage 2 assessment
Step 7: Going to the Adoption Panel with your Adoption Worker
Step 8: Working together to find the right match
Step 9: Moving in and becoming a family