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Adopting a child


Find out how to adopt a child, what's involved and what support is available once the adoption has taken place.

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Interested in adoption?

Find out more about the fostering process, make a general enquiry about adoption or fostering or come to one of our adoption information events.

What is adoption?

Adoption is when someone provides a permanent new family for a child or children. You make a lifelong commitment to become their legal parents with the same rights and responsibilities as if they were born to you.

Different types of adoption

There is more than one type of adoption. Find out more about the different types of adoption including fostering to adoptadopting a step child and adopting a child from abroad

Who can adopt?

All sorts of people can make great adoptive families. You can be single, married or in a same sex relationship. You can be employed or unemployed, have children of your own and be from any ethnic, religious or cultural background. Above all, like any parent, you will be patient, with an understanding nature and the desire to give a young person the kind of care that will make a real difference to their lives.

What are the children like?

We currently have 22 children waiting for a family. 

The children waiting for adoption are as varied as the people who care for them. Most children are aged between one and six years old. Some of the children have been brought into care as their birth family are unable to look after them, they may have been abused or neglected and struggle to cope with their past. But they all have one thing in common - they want to be part of a loving family home.

Brothers and sisters

Whenever possible, we try to keep brothers and sisters together, so we are always looking for people who are interested in adopting, two, three or maybe even more children from the same family. 

How do you adopt?

Find out more about the adoption process or complete our express your interest in adopting or fostering a child form to get started.

Support for adoptive parents

As an adoptive parent, you will never be left on your own to cope. We offer a range of professional support to our adoptive families, including training and advice. See our adoption support pages for more information.

Why adopt with us?

Our long-established adoption agency is rated as 'good' by Ofsted and we have 'Investing in Children' status. Find out more about why you should choose our adoption service.

Contact us
Adoption
03000 269 400
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Durham Resource Centre
  • Littleburn Business Centre
  • Langley Moor
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH7 8ET
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