The adoption process

Every child referred to Parents for Children is 'looked after' or 'in care' with a local authority's social services department. This means that the match between the child and a family is made with the local authority. Of course, working with Parents for Children means that we can find families and then assess, train and support them throughout the adoption process and beyond.

The needs of the child come first

This is a picture of three little girls sitting on a toy horse.We strongly believe that every child has the right to family life, no matter what their age, disability, educational potential or special needs. We aim to find parents for children, rather than the other way around, and we will take into consideration a child's background, race, religion, culture and language when looking for their new family.

Children's wishes and needs will be listened to and taken into account when a family is sought for them.

We won't always be able to help every family that approaches us wishing to adopt, but we will do our best. Adoptive parents are vital to our future success. You can rest assured that we'll listen to your needs and concerns and we will endeavour to help you, whenever possible.

Parents for Children also believes that a child's birth family should be included in the adoption planning process as much as is possible.

How do I apply to adopt a child?

Whether you want to talk to us about offering a home to a specific child for whom we are seeking a family, or whether you'd like to talk more generally about adopting a child with special needs, we'd be delighted to hear from you.

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