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Welcome to Somerset’s adoption service


We’re part of Adopt South West – a partnership of councils working together to make the adoption process quicker and simpler.

We really need many adopters for a range of children, waiting for a safe and loving forever home.

You can find out more about the children currently waiting to be adopted here.

Adoption is providing a permanent family for a child who cannot live with his or her birth parents.

Parental responsibility transfers to the adopters and the child’s birth certificate is replaced by an adoption certificate.

We also need adopters for our scheme ‘Fostering for Adoption’. This schemes gives you the opportunity to have a baby or very young child in your life with a possibility of adoption but not a certainty – more information on this scheme can be found here.

We offer adopters training and on-going support, even after you have adopted a child.

What next?

You can contact us using the simple form here and a social care worker will call you to give you some more information and answer any queries you have. Or you can call us on 0800 587 9900.

You can come along to one of our events to get more information and have an informal chat with social workers and adopters.

You can download an information booklet and there is lots of information on our website including stories from some of our adopters.

Details of the application process from enquiry to approval can be found here.

Read stories from real adopters here

Adoption Statement of Purpose

Adoption Service Annual Report