Adoption is a now a two stage process, set up by the Government, so that prospective adopters can be approved to adopt a child more quickly.
In order to become an adopted parent you will be assessed by your chosen agency. This process assesses and prepares you for becoming an adopter, ideally within six months.
During the first stage of the process, which is expected to take two months, you'll learn about what is involved in adopting a child and we start to obtain references and checks for each applicant. You will also be expected to undertake preparation training.
The second stage, which is expected to take four months, involves more intensive assessment and preparation as well as further training so that you are ready to be recommended for approval to adopt a child.
Because the process may seem quite daunting, we've put together this handy guide below to explain it. If you have more questions please don't hesitate to contact us.
Once you have been approved as suitable to adopt, your social worker will work with the family finding team to identify children whose needs you could meet.
Finding a family for a child with an adoption plan is a huge responsibility and we have specialist social workers who spend their time working with adopters, their social workers and the social workers of children with an adoption plan to find and match children with adopters who can meet their needs.