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What is adoption?

Find out how to adopt a child, what's involved and what support you can access once you have adopted a child.

Adoption is when you provide 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.

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 you will have the desire to give a young person the kind of care that will make a real difference to their lives.


Express your interest in adopting or fostering a child, call us on 03000 269 400 or come along to one of our adoption information events.

What are the children like?

Children waiting for adoption all have one thing in common - they want to be part of a loving family home. Most children are aged between one and six years old. Some 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.

Brothers and sisters

Some children may be in care with their brothers and sisters, and we try to keep them together. We are always looking for people who are interested in adopting, two, three or maybe even more children from the same family.  

Different types of adoption

What's involved?

Find out more about the adoption process or complete our  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  for more information.

Why adopt with us?

We are rated as 'good' by Ofsted and we have 'Investing in Children' status. Our adoption service will help and support you every step of the way. Find out more about why you should choose our adoption service.

Contact us
03000 269 400
Our address is:
  • Children and Young People's Services
  • Spectrum 8
  • Spectrum Business Park
  • Seaham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • SR7 7TT
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