Home Education and children Adoption Who can adopt You must be over 21, be able to provide a permanent stable and caring home and have life experience if you wish to adopt a child or children. When you adopt a child you take on all the responsibilities and rights for the child that the birth parents had.To adopt a child you must: be aged 21 or over (there’s no upper age limit) have no criminal convictions of violence or offences against children be living in the UKYou can be: married, single, in a civil partnership, living with a partner, divorced or widowed straight or gayof any religion or no religion of any cultural or ethnic background a home owner or a tenant with children already or without the partner of the child’s parentLiving in the UKYou don’t have to be a British citizen to adopt a child, but:you (or your partner, if you’re a couple) must have a fixed and permanent home in the UK, Channel Islands or the Isle of Man you (and your partner, if you’re a couple) must have lived in the UK for at least 1 year before you begin the application process.Take the next stepIf you have questions or are ready to get started please telephone or email us.Or you can attend our latest 'find out about adoption' event. At this you can find out all you need to know about adopting with us. You can meet and chat with current adopters as well as members of the adopters team.The date for the next event will be confirmed soon. If you would like to be told when this is, please email or telephone us and let us know your contact details. If you wish to adopt a child from abroad, please contact the Yorkshire Adoption Agency, which is based in Doncaster. Help us improve this page Hide content Was this page helpful? Yes It was helpful, but Please select a reasonthere's a broken link it's hard to understand it's incorrect it's outdated it's too long Other No Please select a reasonit didn't answer my question it's not detailed enough it's hard to understand it's incorrect it's outdated it's too long Other Details Email address We’ll only use this to ask for more detail if we need to.