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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.

 

Children who need adopting

 

Children over the
age of 4

 

Children over 4 need adopting

 

Brothers and sisters in sibling groups

 

Brothers and sisters need adopting

 

Babies and children with disabilities

 

Disabled children need adopting

 

 

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Adopting a child changes lives forever

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 adopt?

 

Are you able to become an adoptive parent? 

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"It's usually the ordinary things that are filled with the most magic."

- Sophie, adoptive parent

Read Sophie's story

Becoming 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

 

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Why Suffolk? 

Suffolk Adoption and Fostering Service was rated GOOD by Ofsted for 2015/2016

Begin your adoption journey today

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