One you are approved for adoption, the next step is to find a child or children that will be the best possible match for the warm and loving new life you want to offer them.

We will work closely with you as you go through out matching process. Our expert team liaise with social workers across the country, and we will work together to locate the best possible match from the National Adoption Register and other government agencies who deal with children who are currently waiting for adoption in the UK.

What To Expect

The face of adoption in the UK has changed a lot over the years. Many years ago whenever anyone thought of adoption, they would imagine a life with a newborn baby. However, these days the number of babies given up for adoption is actually quite small.

At any one time in the UK, there are thousands of children seeking new families because they are no longer able to live with their own birth parents. The truth is that the vast majority of these children will be older children of school-age, as well as many who will need to be settled with their siblings to keep family bonds together.

The children will also be coming from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and some may also have disabilities that might need extra care or home adaptations to be put in place.

The length of time it will take to go through the adoption process can vary, but we do our very best to work with both prospective adopters and children's social workers to identify possible matches, taking care to consider the needs or the child or sibling group concerned.

When we think a match has been found, we will provide you with all the information you need. You can discuss directly with the children's social worker what you are able to provide for the child(ren), or what type of caring environment the child(ren) will need to ease their transition into your family.

If you are happy with your match, then we can take the next steps towards formal adoption, and once approved, you will be able to meet the child or children in person.

The Emotional Toll

We know that you only want the best for your adoptive child, and that you cannot wait to start your adventure with your new family, but patience and kindness are the keys to building your new relationship with your child.

Nearly all of the children currently waiting for adoptive parents have experienced some emotional turmoil. Having an unsettled start in life can leave children feeling vulnerable, but with your support, you can transform their life through adoption and provide them with a stable base to enable them to grow and thrive.


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


While there is no upper age limit to adopting a child, you should be over 21 years old.

All a child really wants is a home where parents can provide love, patience, understanding, security and commitment. If this is what you believe you can offer a child or sibling group, then why not apply?

Your marital status makes no difference to your chances of adoption, so you can apply if you are single, married, in a civil partnership, an unmarried couple, or same sex couple.

It doesn't matter if you live in your own home or in rented accommodation or social housing, nor does it matter what ethnic, religious or cultural background you have. You don't have to be in full-time employment to be able to adopt. You can apply if you are receiving benefits or disability allowance.

You may already have children of your own, be a step-parent, or not have any children. You can adopt a child or children for many different reasons, but it is what you can offer to an adopted child that will be of the most importance.

If you have the energy, flexibility and patience to support and nurture a child, no matter what challenges may be thrown up, there is a good chance you would make an excellent adoptive parent!

Once we get to know you and your circumstances, we can make the decision to accept you as an adopter, and offer you high quality training to prepare yourself for your new role as an adoptive parent. 


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