Who can adopt?

Our main intention is to place children in stable, loving families who will meet their individual needs, whatever those needs might be, now and into adulthood. Because of this, we aim to be flexible and not limit potential choices by setting strict criteria. We particularly welcome enquiries from people interested in adopting older children and sibling groups.



What we look for

We believe children need families who can help them grow up feeling good about themselves, with knowledge of their own culture, language and religion and children from a variety of ethnic backgrounds.

During the assessment, we look at all the factors contributing to your ability to care for a child(ren) – your health and wellbeing, your parenting skills, understanding of children’s needs and strong support systems are all taken into account

Your age

Legally you must be over 21 to adopt and we don’t have any upper age limits. We will expect you to have the health and vitality to see your children through to an age of independence. Consideration will be given to your age comparative to the age of the child you want to adopt; younger children are more likely to be matched with younger parents.

Marital status & sexuality

We don’t have any requirements about your marital status. Our adopters may be single, married, in a civil partnership or living with a partner. We welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender adopters whether they are single or looking to adopt jointly.

Your family

Some adoptive families already have children and some do not have children of their own. If you already have children, you would have considered how you will meet the adopted child(ren)’s needs as well as your existing family’s needs. If you have been having fertility treatment it must have stopped before you start the adoption process. Whatever your family circumstances, it is always helpful if you have a good support network around you.

Health or disability

We look for adopters to have the energy and health to provide a long-term family for a child. Being disabled does not exclude anyone from becoming an adopter but it is one of the many factors that will be considered. Smoking will not necessarily rule you out from adopting but consideration will be given to this and any other specific health risks. If you smoke, we would not generally match you with any children under five years old or children with breathing or chest difficulties.

Home & finances

All financial situations will be considered. We need to ensure you and any child(ren) placed enjoy economic well-being.

Our adopters live in all sorts of homes. You don’t need to own your home or even have a garden to adopt. The most important thing is security. There should also be places nearby where a child could play outdoors. You do need a spare bedroom so children can have a space of their own.

If you are in any doubt about whether you can adopt, please don’t rule yourself out – talk to us about your circumstances and we can advise you on the best way forward.

Call us on 0845 355 5533

For an informal chat with one of our friendly team. Open from Monday to Friday 9.30 - 4.30