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 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, 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 types of plans to adoption that might be right for you.

Early permanence

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.

Sibling groups

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.

Difference between adoption and fostering

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 the differences between fostering and adoption.

Step parent adoption

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.

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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