Becoming an adopter

Adoption is a way of providing a permanent family for children who can no longer, for various reasons, live with their family of birth.

It’s a legal process in which parental responsibility is transferred to you. The adoption process of preparation and assessment can take six months and is split into two stages.

Considering Adoption

There are many reasons for considering adoption, which are personal to you, and our dedicated team will discuss these with you and work with you to help you decide whether adoption is right for you. Once you have reached a decision you can register your interest in entering Stage One.

Stage One – Stage One usually takes two months, this stage will begin your initial assessment and preparation. During this stage you will undertake a number of statutory checks and references and arrange an adoption medical with your GP. Once completed we will discuss and agree the next stage of your adoption journey.

Stage Two – This stage usually takes no more than four months, depending on your circumstances. During this time you will attend preparation workshops, with other prospective adopters, and your social worker will work with you to complete a thorough assessment and prepare a Prospective Adopters Report (PAR). Stage Two culminates in your PAR being presented to our adoption panel for consideration and approval.



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