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Resources to support adoptive parents


If you're adopting (or have adopted) a child, this page contains additional useful information.

Adoption Statement of Purpose

The Adoption Statement of Purpose sets out our aims, values, principles and objectives. It describes how we'll meet these, working with carers, children, young people, their families and other partner agencies. It also explains our facilities and services, which we provide in line with adoption legislation and regulatory frameworks. It is available on the  Adopt Coast to Coast: about us web page.

Our policies

Read our Icon for pdf Policies of the Adoption Service (PDF, 167.7kb)  to find out more about:

  • adoption timescales
  • how we work with:
    • children and young people
    • birth families
    • adoptive applicants and adopters
  • adoption support
  • the adoption panel
  • access to adoption records
  • step-parent adoptions
  • applications for approval as inter-country adopters.

Customer Care Standards

We are committed to the First 4 Adoption Customer Care Standards. First 4 Adoption is a national information service for people interested in adopting a child.

Contact us
Contact Adoption
03000 269 291