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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 particularly need adopters for children over five, siblings groups of two or more and children with disabilities. These children are the hardest to find parents for and often stay in care for longer. To find out more about the children and look at profiles of children currently waiting to be adopted here.

We also need adopters for our new schemes: Fostering for Adoption and ‘Baby Comes First’, our Concurrent planning scheme. Both these schemes give 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 these schemes can be found here.

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

What next?

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 make an enquiry and a social care worker will call you to give you some more information, ask you some questions and answer any queries you have.

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.