Becoming an adoptive parent

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.