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 our 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 things slightly differently. Here's an outline of the two types of plans to adoption that might be right for you.
Some of the children in our care are likely to need adopting because there is a high probability of them not being able to return to their birth families. Whilst a significant number of these children will go on to be adopted, there is still a chance they could be reunited with their birth relatives. Early permanence allows prospective adopters the opportunity to parent a baby or child during the early weeks and months of their lives, offering them love and stability when they need it most and supporting them through key stages of their development.
We try hard to keep brothers and sisters together and find them a forever family, but the reality is this can take much longer to happen. Adopting siblings has many advantages for both the adoptive family and the children, siblings will already have a strong bond with each other and will settle into their new family much quicker than a single adopted child would.
If you are considering adopting your partner's child please give us a call on 0300 123 6723 or complete the online enquiry form and we'll call you back during office hours.
If you're thinking about adoption then we'd love to help.
If you'd prefer to speak to someone, then give us a call on
0300 123 6723
There are around 150 children in Lancashire who are in our care and ready to be adopted.
We are one of the twenty-two North West councils that have come together to make the adoption process quicker and more straight forward.