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Our children and adopters

If you’re wondering – ‘can I adopt?’ then the good news is the answer is yes! We’re not looking for you to be perfect – but we do want our children to find a safe, loving and happy home.

Many of our children have complex needs or emotional difficulties stemming from their early experiences. We'll work with you through the process to make sure you and your circumstances are the best possible fit for the child or young person.

There may be a number of reasons why a child is in need of adoption. In some cases a court will decide that a child needs to be adopted due to concerns for their long-term welfare. In other cases it may not be possible for the birth parents to look after the child and it is their decision for their child to be adopted.

Finding a good match for a child can take time. That’s why we welcome and encourage adoption applications from all walks of life and different backgrounds, ethnicities and life experiences. You can adopt individually or jointly with your partner. You don’t have to be married and it doesn’t matter if you already have children or not. You have to be over 21.

Our adopters include individuals, couples who are married, in a civil partnership, or living together. We welcome LGBT+ applicants and applications from families who already have children.

Thinking about adoption?

If you're thinking about adoption, then you can find out more at one of our information events.

Book a place at an information event

If you'd prefer to speak to someone, then give us a call on 0300 123 6727 and we’ll be in touch with you as soon as possible.