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Different types of adoption

Find out about the different types of adoption.

Interested in adoption?

Fostering to adopt

Fostering for adoption is a specialist adoption scheme for babies and very young children who may still have a chance of being reunited with their birth family. Although it is likely that they will be adopted, a plan for their future has still to be determined and agreed by the courts.

This allows you to be initially approved as a foster carer for the child with a view to adopting once the court's decision has been made.

It's a great way to build a relationship with the child before adoption but there is an element of uncertainty until the court's decision is made.

Contact us for more information.

Other types of adoption

We can also offer advice if you're considering any of the following options:

Adopting a stepchild

If you want to adopt your partner's children so that you become their legal parent, this is called step-parent adoption. Find out about adopting your stepchild.

Adopting a child from another country

Find out more about adopting a child from overseas.

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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