Can I adopt a child?

We don’t look for specific types of people, we look for the skills and 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!

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 or come along to an information event

Call us on 0113 378 3535

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If you want more information come along to one of our information events or contact us on the details below:

Telephone 0113 378 3535

Alternatively, please provide your name and email address using the form below and we’ll send you some information.

By clicking Enquire you are consenting to the One Adoption West Yorkshire Regional Adoption Agency (OAWY RAA) (acting on behalf of local authority adoption services from Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield) to collect and store your name, contact information and which council area you live in. We are collecting this information to enable us to direct your request to the appropriate team and to respond to your request for a service. Please note, we will not share your information with any third parties outside of the Regional Agency and will not sell your details on for other marketing purposes.

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Melanie and Pete

Melanie and Pete had hoped to have their own children but after IVF was unsuccessful, decided to go along to a local adoption information event 

We had been together for 10 years before we went along to the local authority adoption information evening. I was 30 and Pete was 35 at the time. Pete was a bit doubtful at first, but he met an old school friend when we were there and this seemed to help him to warm to the idea. Also we have friends who have adopted, and my cousins are adopted, so I think we started out with a reasonable awareness of adoption, its challenges and rewards.