The adoption process

The adoption process

Enquiry and information

The first step is to call us or complete our enquiry form.  We will send you further information and you will be invited to attend one of our information sessions. If you would like to proceed with your enquiry following attending an information evening we will we will arrange a phone call to discuss your circumstances on an individual basis and if appropriate arrange to come and visit you in your home.

After the home visit you are able to submit your ‘registration of interest’ form. We will notify you within five working days upon receipt of your registration of interest if we are able to accept it or not. Once your registration is accepted you move into ‘stage one’.

Stage one

Stage one last two months and is adopter led. Adopters will be expected to do lots of research into adoption and complete an adoption journey log. During stage one, we will ask for references from your family members and friends as well as completing police (DBS), local authority and medical checks. At the end of stage one there will be a mutual review where you decide if you wish to continue and vice versa.

Taking a break

Prospective adopters are able to take a maximum six month break between stage one and two (agencies are also able to recommend that you take a break). If the break is longer than six months, you will be required to re-start stage one.

Stage two

When you progress into stage two you will be allocated an assessing social worker who will visit you on average 6-8 times and write a report called the Prospective Adopters Report. You will also be expected to attend our adoption preparation course. Stage two takes four months and at the end your social worker will present you and your report to an adoption panel. If appropriate the panel will make a positive recommendation and the agency decision maker will ratify this decision. You will then be approved adopters and we will then start searching together for the child or children you’re a perfect match for. 

Meet our adopters

Families who have already been through the adoption process tell you what it was like for them.

Can I adopt?

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