Can I adopt a child?

We don’t look for specific types of people, we look for the qualities and life experience which make people suitable to adopt a child. We also provide training and support to build on the abilities you already have, so it’s more about your potential than where you are now. We recognise that it’s not just children who grow: parents do too!

People who adopt can be:

  • Any sexuality
  • Single, married or in a stable long-term relationship
  • From any ethnic or religious background
  • Members of the Armed Forces
  • Those who have children and those who have none
  • People thinking of adopting for a second time
  • A homeowner or living in rented accommodation
  • Employed or on benefits.

That being said, there are some basic criteria you need to meet to be able to apply to adopt children:

  • You need to be at least 21 years of age
  • You need to have enough space in your home to provide for a child
  • If you have criminal convictions for most violent offences or any offences against children we will not be able to take your application forward
  • Smoking does not automatically rule you out from adopting. However, if you wish to adopt children under five and those with particular medical conditions you are likely to need to be smoke free for six months before making an application (this includes E cigarettes or vaping). If you are interested in adopting a child over five and smoke please discuss this with us.
  • If you have undergone fertility treatment, we ask that you have completed your treatment, have given yourself time to reflect and now feel ready to consider adoption (please speak to us about your circumstances).

We are proactively seeking families from a wide range of backgrounds who can build trusting relationships with our children and meet their needs throughout life. If you'd like to discuss your circumstances and what you can offer a child, please get in touch.

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Nicola had always wanted a family, but hadn’t found the right partner to make the commitment to parenthood. She had considered adoption as a possibility, and read and researched the routes available, before taking the next step and going to an information event.

‘You learn a lot when you adopt. Nicola learned that two can be family’

Nicola had always wanted a family, but hadn’t found the right partner to make the commitment to parenthood. She had considered adoption as a possibility, and read and researched the routes available, before taking the next step and going to an information event.