Becoming an adoptive parent

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.

The adoption process

If you are interested in adopting a child who is not a relative or step-child, you should complete an initial enquiry form.

I'm interested in adoption

After your initial enquiry, a social worker will contact you and arrange a visit to talk about:

  • the processes involved
  • our expectations
  • what you can expect of us

The assessment will involve meeting with you a couple of times at your home. We will talk to you about:

  • your past and present circumstances
  • your family
  • your experience of looking after children
  • your health and other issues

You will need to have statutory checks undertaken. We will also need to ask employers, friends and families for references. Your referees will be sent a questionnaire to complete, following which the assessing social worker will meet to interview them.

It usually takes 6 months from your initial enquiry to becoming an approved adopters, but may sometimes take longer. Once this is completed we can start the process of matching you with a child, or children.