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Can I adopt? The facts

Can I adopt?

All sorts of people can adopt - children need new families for a variety of reasons and no one child is the same, so we try and make a best fit match between the child and the adoptive parents. This can be:

  • Childless couples
  • Couples with children
  • Single people with or without children
  • People over 40
  • People who are gay or lesbian

There are a few factors which would automatically rule you out, such as anyone who has committed offences against children.

At the moment we are looking for parents from all ethnicities and backgrounds to give homes to the babies and children that we have waiting.

We can also advise you on all the options available if you're considering adopting a child.

Fill in our online form to request further information about adoption.

UK residency

A single person (or one of a couple) must reside in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man or each applicant must have been habitually resident in any part of the British Islands for at least a year before an adoption order is made.  

Fertility treatment

We need you to have concluded your fertility treatment before you start on the path to adoption. It is better to undertake one process at a time.

Financial aspects

You do not need to earn loads of money or live in a big house. Financial help, including regular payments, may be available depending on the child's needs. A social worker will be able to discuss this with you.

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