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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, but any decisions are based on the needs of the children involved)
  •  have no criminal convictions of violence or offences against children
  •  be living in the UK

Leicestershire County Council adoption video featuring Luke

Our adoption assessment focuses on the outcomes for the children involved, so our process looks at who are the best people to meet the needs of the children being adopted.

You can be:

  •  married, single, in a civil partnership, living with a partner, divorced or widowed
  •  of any sexual orientation or gender identity
  • of 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 parent

Living in the UK

You 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 step

If 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 dates for all our events can be found on our adoption events page, we'd love to see you or you can call us on 0116 305 0505.



If you wish to adopt a child from abroad, please contact the Yorkshire Adoption Agency, which is based in Doncaster.


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