The adoption process

Once you have made the decision to adopt a child let us know by call 0300 222 5936, email  or come along to one of our regular information sessions and will be guided through the two stage adoption process. 

What happens next

During this journey you will be equipped with information and skills to be the best possible parents for children in need of a home. After an initial home visits and receiving your Registration of Interest stage one will commence.

Please be aware that we cannot commence stage one until we receive your Registration of Interest as this is your permission for us to start our checks and references

Steps in stage one (usually 2 months in duration)

  • named worker assigned to you to help you with your learning and self-evaluation 
  • prospective adopter(s) provide information, including three references for checking
  • prospective adopters attend workshops and complete reading tasks 
  • pre-assessment decision given

Steps in stage two (usually 4 months in duration)

  • adoption suitability assessed
  • further training, assessments and visits
  • recommendation for approval
  • report completed and attendance at panel to consider the recommendation

Page last updated: 17 October 2017