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How to apply to adopt

Applying to adopt a child is a 2-way process. The process allows time to consider whether adoption is right for you and for the Adoption Team to assess you.

Adoption - how it works

What happens first

We will invite you to one of our Find out about Adoption events. This will give you the opportunity to learn about the adoption process, meet our team and meet parents who have already adopted.

This initial stage is the chance for you to think everything through and for us to find out about you.

Adoption is a two-stage process. So during this time you can expect to:

  • meet adoptive parents and social workers to find out about adoption first hand
  • have your questions about adoption answered
  • be seen by a social worker in your own home
  • be asked detailed questions about your own background and circumstances

This preparation and assessment process is thorough, but this is for very good reason.

Adoption is for life and it is important that we make sure the adoptive parents we approve are best for the children in our care.

Adoption is also a major decision for you. The assessment gives you an opportunity to take an honest look at what you want out of adoption and what you can give.

What happens next

Stage 1 of the process lasts for 2 months and stage 2  lasts for 4 months. Both stages include training sessions that will be arranged at the beginning of the whole process with you.

Nearly everyone who completes the adoption process is recommended for adoption.
If you aren’t -  you can ask for your case to be reviewed by the Independent Review Mechanism.

How long does it take

The process takes an average of 6 - 8 months.

You will be referred to the National Adoption Register after 3 months, but we do match the majority of adopters with local children.




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