Your health

Medical issues

Adoption is about being able to parent and meet the needs of the children we place. As part of your application you will need to have a full medical. The medical report includes a recommendation from the medical advisor on your suitability to adopt. You will need to pay for the medical assessment.


Lancashire follows the guidelines of good practice issued by Coram BAAF Adoption and Fostering Academy; which is not to place children under five years of age or a child over five years old with other conditions (for example chest problems, glue ear, or a disability) with adopters who smoke.

This recognises the need to promote a healthy lifestyle to our children and to protect those children who may have some respiratory problems. Help and advice is available for those people who wish to give up smoking. We  welcome enquiries from applicants who can show evidence that you are actively trying to stop smoking. We would like you to have been smoke-free for a minimum of six months before we place a child with you.


Being overweight won't automatically stop you from becoming an adoptive parent. But it can be a serious health issue particularly when considered with family medical history and in association with other factors, such as high blood pressure or heart disease.

It can also affect a person's ability to care for an active child. This will therefore form part of your overall medical assessment and we can seek advice from our medical adviser in accepting an application. In some cases you may be advised to consult with your GP about losing weight before continuing with an application.

Fertility treatment

Applications are welcomed from those who have been through IVF treatment. It is important that you have had time to accept disappointments and are confident that adoption is the correct way forward for you.

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