Our adoption process

We have a two-stage process which aims to have all suitable potential adopters approved within six months of applying.

If you have already been approved as a foster carer or previously adopted you'll be able to access a slightly different and quicker procedure. Speak to our friendly team for more information on 0300 123 6723.

About the two-stage process

Following your initial enquiry, the first stage of the new process, which can take up to two months, will enable you to learn about what is involved in adopting a child, whilst statutory checks and references are made for each applicant.

The second stage, which is expected to take up to four months, involves more intensive assessment and preparation so that you are ready to apply for approval to adopt a child.

At the end of the second stage, if your application is successful, you will be approved as an adopter.

You will then move on to the matching stage of the process.

You can view and print our simple diagram of the process: