Types of adoption

Adoption is a legal process which provides new families for children who cannot be raised by their own parents. It is a solution for children who need a new home and is a commitment for life.

Adoption is for life. Fostering is generally for a limited period - whether it be for a week, a month, a year or more.  Find out more about fostering, or about the differences between adoption and fostering.

There may be a number of reasons why a child is placed for adoption. In some cases a court will decide that a child needs to be adopted due to concerns for their long-term welfare. In other cases it may not be possible for the birth parents to look after the child and it is their decision for their child to be adopted.

When most people think about adoption, they think of young babies. Although we do have babies in our care, the reality is most children who need adopting are older and there is a broad age range. Many of the children may have complex needs coming from an uncertain background or have emotional difficulties stemming from their early experiences.

We are currently looking after many Lancashire children in this situation, about 150 children at any one time, so we're always looking to work with Lancashire families who can offer a permanent loving home to the children in our care.

We are looking for people from all backgrounds. There is no typical adoptive parent or family. You must be over 21, but apart from that, race, gender, sexuality, living arrangements, age and employment status are not how we determine whether you can adopt. We will look at each enquiry on its own merits so that we are sure you can support and look after a child throughout their childhood and beyond.

As well as our standard adoption process, we sometimes do this slightly differently. Here's an outline of some of the other routes to adoption that might be right for you.

Best for Baby - concurrent placements

This is a new route to adoption designed to give babies and young children under two years old a better start in life.

Better Beginnings - fostering for adoption placements

Fostering for adoption is similar to Best for baby - concurrent placements. Carers are approved as both adopters and foster carers.

Step parent adoption

If you are considering adopting your partner's child please give us a call.

Get in touch

If you're thinking about adoption then we'd love to help.

Enquire about adoption

If you'd prefer to speak to someone, then give us a call on
0300 123 6723

Thinking about adoption?

There are around 150 children in Lancashire who are in our care and ready to be adopted.

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Adopt North West

We are one of the twenty-two North West councils that have come together to make the adoption process quicker and more straight forward.