Who can adopt?
You don't have to be perfect, to be the perfect parent.
Adoptive parents come from all walks of life and we welcome all enquiries regardless of gender, ethnic origin, class, culture, sexuality or whether or not you are in a relationship. We want to hear from people who want to offer a loving, secure future for our children, that will make a real difference to their lives.
Our adopters come from many different backgrounds, cultures and ethnic groups. For example:
- single, married or unmarried
- from any ethnic or religious background
- heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender
- a homeowner or living in rented accommodation
These are just examples. If your circumstances are different, and you'd like to apply to adopt, please contact us.
Other things to think about:
- spare bedroom: you don't have to have a spare bedroom to adopt, but some children will require their own space due to their needs and vulnerability - please don't exclude yourself, talk to us first
- disability and health: being disabled doesn't exclude you from adopting - in fact, experience of disability can sometimes be an advantage
- age, weight or health: don't automatically exclude you from adopting, we look to see that you can parent a child into adulthood
- smoking: you don't have to be a non-smoker to adopt, but the health of children is of paramount importance and we currently follow medical advice provided by CoramBAAF (national fostering and adoption advice body) and don't place children under the age of five in a household with someone who smokes, uses ecigarettes or vapes
- pets: many children enjoy caring for pets and in many homes, they are a huge part of the family. Your pets and how they are cared for is considered in the assessment process.