Can I Adopt?
If you want to adopt a child but you’re unsure whether you’re eligible with your circumstances, read on to see if you can be considered to adopt.
When it comes to adoption requirements, there are just three criteria that need to be met in order to be considered for adoption. You need to:
- be at least 21 years old
- be living in the British Islands
- not to have been convicted or cautioned for certain criminal offences
We’re committed to seeing the potential in all applicants and we actively encourage enquiries from a diverse range of people. We don’t make our decisions based on marital status, ethnicity, culture, age, health, disability, sexual orientation or religious beliefs but on your ability to offer a loving, stable home. You need to be able to stick by your adoptive child through the good times and the bad. You need to support and love them and help them overcome their troubled backgrounds, make sense of who they are and grow up to be safe and secure.
So, that means you can meet the requirements to adopt if you;
- are single or married
- are gay or lesbian
- or your partner are transgendered
- have more than a few grey hairs
- have low income, are unemployed or are on benefits
- have a criminal caution or conviction (unless they are for offences against children or certain sexual offences against adults)
- already have children
- are disabled
- want to adopt a child from a different ethnic background.
Through the adoption process we will provide you with lots of training and support to ensure you are prepared to adopt a baby or child. Once a child comes to live with you we will continue to provide ongoing support and advice.
Request an Adoption Pack
For more information about the requirements for adopting a child, please complete our online contact form to receive an information pack or call us on 0800 5877 791