Frequently asked questions

We hope you've found the answers to most of your questions about adoption on our website. A few of the questions we're asked most often are:

I want to adopt a baby. Can you help?

We seek families for children of all ages. From time to time we are asked to find a family for a young baby, however, since we specialise in helping children with exceptional needs, any babies for whom we are seeking families are likely to be physically disabled in some way.

If you are hoping to adopt a baby – and not one with special needs – Parents for Children is probably not the agency for you. In this case, we suggest that you contact the British Association of Adoption and Fostering or Adoption UK who will be able to suggest an agency who can help you.

How long does the process take?

National adoption standards require an agency to complete an assessment within 8 months of having received their application.

Do I have to be married?

You don't have to be married. The adoption and Children Act 2002 has also enabled unmarried couples to jointly apply to adopt and single applicants are welcome too, as are applications from gay and lesbian couples.

Do I have to own my own home?

You don't have to own your home but it is important that there is space for the child and children over the age of 2 would normally be expected to have their own room. It is also important that you are reasonably settled where you are living as it is unlikely to be good for children who have only recently been placed with their new family to move too soon again.

What if I already have children?

You may already have children of your own, either living with you or who have grown up and left home, or you may have no children – we really don't mind. If you do have children, it's important to involve them in your decision to adopt.

Am I too old?

There is no upper age limit but you must be over 21. We look at everyone's circumstances
individually but you must be fit and healthy and likely to be able to parent a child for the whole of their childhood.

Will there be any support?

There are different types of support available, depending what you and the child needs. Everyone's needs are different so we assess your support needs on an individual basis.

In terms of financial support, in some cases an adoption allowance is payable. In terms of help, advice and training, Parents for Children will offer you access to help and support at all stages of the child's life.

We also offer a short breaks service, which is designed to give our adoptive parents a much-needed break to recharge their batteries and to offer their adopted children some fun with other experienced carers.

If we haven't answered your question here, or if you would just like to talk to us about adopting a children with special needs, we would love to hear from you. You can register your interest online, email us at [email protected] or call 020 7520 2881 to talk to our adoption team.