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The steps to adoption

Learn about the process to adopting a child from Suffolk Adoption Agency.

Our process

Tube map displaying process to becoming an adopter

  1. Enquire: Get in touch with us through email, phone, Facebook or at one of our events.

  2. Pre-booked telephone call: One of our adoption workers will call you to discuss adoption and answer your questions.

  3. Information evening: You will be invited to attend an evening run by one of our adoption workers, who will explain the process.

  4. Stage 1 initial assessment: This stage takes about 60 days. During this time, you will:

    • be allocated an adoption worker

    • have your checks and references undertaken

    • complete a medical with your GP

    • attend Prep training which last 4 days over 2 weeks, run by our adoption stage 2 workers

  5. Stage 2: This stage takes about 120 days. During this time, we will allocate you an adoption worker to support you throughout the assessment. The adoption worker will visit you 6 to 8 times to get to know you and your family. They will help you think about what you have to offer as an adoptive parent. Your adoption worker will help you prepare the report that goes to the adoption panel.

  6. Panel: You will attend an adoption panel with your adoption worker. The panel will make a decision whether to recommend you as an adopter.

  7. Approved

  8. Matching and support: Your adoption worker will work with you to identify the right match.

Arrange to speak to a foster carer or adoptive parent 

Call us: 01473 264800

Email us: fosterandadopt@suffolk.gov.uk

You can also leave feedback about our website.

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