Change a child's life
The process takes time, but it’s worth it. We aim to approve adopters within six months if possible, and then look to match a child to a family.
From the moment you first consider adopting you have begun the adoption process and are on the journey to discover if it is right for you and what kind of parent you might be.
The journey you will make is made together with the social workers and staff at an adoption agency, whose job it is to make sure that prospective adopters are the best possible parents for the children waiting to be adopted.
Like all journeys, the adoption process has its hills to climb and bumps in the road, but most prospective adopters find the journey helps them know themselves and become better parents.
All journeys begin with finding out about the road ahead; your adoption journey starts with reading background information, and speaking to experts and people who have made the journey before.
It’s time to start the formal evaluation process, which includes things like references and background checks. This stage will take no longer than 2 months.
This is a four-month stage, where a social worker will work with you and your family, assessing your strengths before presenting it in a report to the Adoption Panel.
This is where you adoption agency works with other local authorities and agencies to find the right child for you. They will discuss the suitability of children with you and a matching panel makes the final decision.
Once a match has been made, you spend time getting to know the child with the support of your Adoption social worker. A series of visits and short stays lead up to the child moving in. After a while, you can apply to the court to become their legal parent.