Adopting a child from overseas

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – adoption update

We are still recruiting adopters for Thurrock children and young people. If you are interested in adopting, you can join our information events online and we can hold initial 'visits' by phone or video. Complete an adoption interest form or phone us on 0800 652 1271 and someone from our friendly team will get back to you.

Overseas adoption (intercountry adoption)

The adoption of a child from overseas is complex so we advise you to find out as much as you can about the process.

There are several websites that can help but we advise you read GOV.UK: adopting a child from overseas.

You will also need to know a lot about the country you are interested in adopting from.

Who to contact

We do not deal with enquiries or assessments for the adoption of children from overseas.

If you are interested in adopting a child from overseas, you should contact IAC – The Centre for Adoption.

IAC is the UK's only dedicated intercountry adoption charity.