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The adoption journey: step by step

Follow our step-by-step guide to the adoption process.

Step 1: get in touch

We will discuss your circumstances and if adoption might be right for you.

Step 2: find out more

From our initial conversation we may then come to your home for an initial visit at a mutually convenient time.

We will share more information about adoption and the sorts of children that need adopting.

Step 3: decision to proceed or not

A decision will be made about whether we can proceed or not. You will then be asked to complete a registration of interest, once completed you will progress to stage 1, where you will be asked to give us three referees and formal medical and police checks will be made. You will also be asked to write a little about your life journey with the help of a social worker.

Step 4: the preparation group

You will then be invited to a preparation group. This will give you a chance to meet other people hoping to adopt, discuss identity and family relationships, parenting experiences and the skills needed.

You will also be able to hear first-hand from people who have adopted already. This training is usually held over four to five days over a two week period.

Step 5: the assessment

If we all still feel adoption is right for you, a dedicated assessment social worker will be allocated to you. Through further home visits we will ask you to continue to share information about your family and journey to adoption.

You will be asked to think about significant events in your life and the experiences you have had that have led you to become parents. We will also ask you for three referees.

Step 6: the panel

This assessment will become a written report that will be presented to a panel. The panel will recommend your suitability to the Agency Decision Maker who has the legal responsibility to make the approval to adopt.

Step 7: matching and placement

Once you are approved as adopters your social worker will help you to identify suitable children and support you through the matching and placement process.

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