For you as an adopter, the adoption process has four stages:

Information stage

At this stage, you are gathering information to help you decide whether to adopt or not. As you are reading this, you have probably already started that process. When you are ready to engage with us: 

You contact us either by phone or email

We help you find the information you need to get a good understanding of adoption. This includes our material as well as other material on adoption available online

When you are ready, we have have discussion either in person or over a scheduled call. Ahead of this, we will ask you to fill in our form to request a call-back

Stage 1

If, after the information stage, both you and us feel that adoption is the right way forward for you, you enter stage 1. Stage 1 is primarily about information gathering.

You sign an agreement with us where we agree that you will enter the process and that work together with us to be assessed for adoption. This does not commit you to adopting, but we would recommend that you do not enter the process unless you feel committed to adopting

A number of check are undertaken to rule out any reason why you would not make a good parent. These include checking whether you have a criminal convictions and a medical check

You provide us with background information on yourself and you family. This enables us to understand your situation better

We ask you to provide us with three personal references for each adopter (so six for a couple)

We will provide additional information and training for you. This may include courses and, books, films and articles

In addition, we will support you to locate appropriate volunteering opportunities with children. This is necessary and will help demonstrate your ability to form positive relationships with children 

Stage 2

If you are still committed to adoption and if we still feel that adoption is right foryou, you will progress to Stage 2. The main focus in Stage 2 is to complete a report on you

A social worker will visit you a number of times to do an in-depth assessment and to discuss adoption further with you

Your social worker will discuss with your referees 

We will provide further training for you

After the completion of the assessment and the rest of the above, your case will be presented to an adoption panel who will make recommendations to the Agency Decision Maker, who will make the final decision whether you are suitable to adopt a child


Once you are approved, we will start looking for a child/children for you

As we are an independent adoption agency, we are not tied to any council and we can look for a child all over England and Wales

We will present your profile to the social workers responsible for children you and us agree would be a good match for you

If the social worker responsible for the child agrees that you would be suitable parents for the child, the match will be presented to the adoption panel in the local council where the child is

If approved, there will be meetings with he child's social worker to plan introductions to your child

The child is placed with you and after 10 weeks, you can apply to the courts to legally adopt your child. When the court has decided to grant you the adoption order, the child will legally become your son/daughter


What is adoption?

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