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Who can adopt?


Can you provide love, time and commitment to a child?

Can you empathise with a child who may never have experienced the security of feeling safe and loved?

Can you be patient and flexible, to supportively adapt to whatever unique challenges may come from the child’s circumstances?

Do you have the energy and health to provide a long-term family for a child?

Are you over 21?

If you believe the answer to all those questions is yes, then there is a good chance you could be an adoptive parent.

People who adopt a child can be:

  • single, married or unmarried
  • from any ethnic or religious background
  • heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender
  • a homeowner or living in rented accommodation
  • employed or on benefits  

There are only three things you need to be able to adopt:

  • over 21
  • live or normally be resident in the British Isles for at least a year to apply for an adoption order
  • you cannot apply to become an adoptive parent if you or anyone living in your household has a criminal conviction or has been cautioned for specified criminal offences against children and/or some sexual offences against adults.
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