Who can adopt?

When it comes to finding adopters, there really is no such thing as perfect.

We look for certain qualities such as being able to provide love, time and commitment, the ability to emphathise with a child that has had a tough start and a willingness to learn and take part in any necessary training to support their parenting journey.

We look for flexibility and for people to be able to adapt to the changes that come with adopting a child as well as having the energy and health to be able to be a parent.

We don't expect people to be a ready made parent from day one, nobody comes into parenting whether through adoption or biologically knowing everything, it's a learning curve and a journey. We are here to help you and we'll equip you with the knowledge and support you need. 

People who adopt need to be 21 and over, and can be

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

Other things to think about

Bedroom space

Most adopted children will need the safety of their own bedroom (unless being placed with their brother or sister), however this is not always needed immediately, for example a very young baby can share a bedroom with parents in the first year. Talk to us about your situation and we may be able to advise on solutions for you. 


Being disabled doesn’t exclude you from adopting; and experience of a disability is often helpful.


There is no upper age limit for adopters, but adoptive parents need to have good health and energy to look after children into adulthood.


We want our children to grow up in a healthy environment therefore we are unable to assess people who currently smoke or vape, we would need you to be 12 months free of smoking before we are able to assess you. 


Pets are often part of the family and will be assessed as part of the adoption assessment process, to ensure that our children will be safe.

Criminal convictions

People with certain criminal convictions, (typically offences against children or violent crimes) won’t be allowed to adopt; however, other convictions may not prevent you from adopting.