Skip to main content

Adopting in Waltham Forest

If you’re aged 21 or over and can offer a child love and support in stable and nurturing home, you can apply to adopt. In Waltham Forest there are children of different ages and sibling groups from many different backgrounds who need homes.

Who can adopt?

We accept applications from single people, married and civil partnership couples, as well as unmarried couples, regardless of sexuality. You can own or rent your home, as long as there is space for a child to have a room of their own. You do not have to be in employment and can be from any borough, not only Waltham Forest. You can have any cultural or religious background.

To become an adoptive parent you will need:

  • patience
  • humour
  • energy
  • determination

The adoption process

Follow our step-by-step guide to the adoption journey

For more information on adoption in Waltham forest read the How to adopt in Waltham Forest guide (253KB PDF)

Get further information

GOV.UK: Child adoption in the UK and overseas

Make an enquiry about adoption

Thinking about adopting with Waltham Forest?


Information, training and support is available to everyone who chooses to adopt a child through our service.

The Waltham Forest adoption team will help you through the entire process, from thinking about adoption to having a child live with you. They support all members of the family, both now and in the future, and can assist in referring to other services.

Overseas adoption

Please contact us if you would like information about overseas adoption.


Waltham Forest information sessions

You can attend one of our information sessions to chat to our adoption staff. You can also hear from parents who have completed the adoption process.

The next sessions will be:

Thursday 8 November 2018
Thursday 17 January 2019
Thursday 14 March 2019

Time: Arrival 6.15pm, presentation starts at 6.30pm
Location: Waltham Forest Town Hall, Forest Road, Walthamstow E17 4JF (view map)

East London Adoption Consortium information sessions

Thursday 18 October 2018, drop in between 5.30pm and 8pm

Discovery Zone, Children’s Story Centre, 383-387 High Street, Stratford, London, E15 4QZ

Useful information

For details on the aims, objectives and services see our Adoption service statement of purpose (570KB PDF)

East London Adoption Consortium
A group of six local authorities and voluntary agencies who work with children and those who want to adopt.

Provides information about adoption and resources to help people consider adoption further.

Adoption UK
A forum to support and train adopters by approved adopters.

New Family Social
A forum for LGBT adopters and fosters carers that provide information and social events.

Need more advice ?

rating button