Who can adopt
There is no such thing as a typical adopter. Like every child, our adopters are differentGet your information pack
Our number one priority is finding the right match for a child – and for you
We are looking for people who are warm and compassionate. People with flexibility and resilience to give a child a happy home.
Criteria you'll need to meet
- Be at least 21. There’s no upper age limit.
- Have a spare room for your adopted child.
- Live near our London, Bristol or Birmingham offices. We recruit within a 50 miles radius of Bristol or Birmingham or an hour’s journey from London.
- Have been a UK resident for at least a year.
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You don’t need to be “well off” but you will need to show you can support a child financially.
You can be single, married, cohabiting, in a civil partnership, widowed or divorced. Stability is essential, so we ask that, if you’re in a relationship, it’s been stable for at least two years.
It doesn’t matter whether you own or rent your home. But the child you adopt would need their own bedroom.
Your health is important. You’ll need to look after a child for a long time. Having a disability doesn’t stop you from adopting but it’s something we’ll talk about. If you smoke, you won’t be able to adopt a child under five.
Your childcare experience
It helps if you’ve looked after children before. This could be your own or other people's (for example, volunteering in a nursery, pre-school, primary school or playgroup). Don’t worry if you don’t have much experience, we can help you get some.
You need to be around to support your child. Ideally, you’ll need to take six months off work when the child comes to live with you. For couples, the main carer will need to take this time off – or you can take shared adoption leave.
Lots of our adopters have pets. We’ll just need to make sure that your pet isn’t a threat to a child, so we may ask for a vet’s report.
Your criminal record
We carry out police (DBS) checks on all applicants. You can’t adopt if you’ve been convicted of a criminal offence involving children, and other serious crimes may also disqualify you. But having a criminal record isn’t always a barrier – get in touch to find out more.
Can I adopt if...
I am LGBT
Absolutely! We welcome and encourage applicants who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
I am having fertility treatment
If you’re having fertility treatment, we ask that you don’t start the adoption process until you’re finished. We want you to have enough time – and feel emotionally ready – to start your adoption journey.
I already have children
Yes, you can adopt if you have your own children or step children. Ideally, there should be an age gap – we suggest at least two years – between the youngest child in your family and the child you adopt.
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