Who can adopt a child with special needs?

This is a picture of a mother and little girl in her arms.We're sure that you'll already have thought long and hard before deciding that you want to adopt a child. The children that Parents for Children specialises in helping need even more care than most children, so you may want to explore the information on this website a little before picking up the phone to us.

There's no such thing as a typical adoptive parent and people from all walks of life have adopted children with help from us.

Do I have to be married?

You don't have to be married to adopt. We have found permanent families for children with married couples, gay and lesbian couples, cohabiting couples and single parents.

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. A love of children and the ability to be patient and accept them as they are will be your most important attributes.

If you do already have children, it's very important that they're also involved in your decision to adopt. Parents for Children can help with advice and support for your own birth children, throughout the adoption process.

I think I'm too old

There is no upper age limit for adopters, but you do need to be over 21. Although older people can adopt, the children we place are often quite demanding physically and so we are keen for our adoptive parents to be fit and healthy enough to be able to care for a child until they are well into adulthood.

I don't own my own house

You don't have to own your own home or be in full-time work to apply to adopt, and you can live anywhere in the UK. You will need to have enough physical space in your home for your new child. You'll need to be habitually resident in the UK and we welcome applications from people from a variety of ethnic and religious backgrounds.

This is a picture of a little girl walking with a frame. So you can see that there are lots of different people who adopt children with Parents for Children and we welcome all enquiries. There are, however, a few practical things that we look for in a prospective adopter. We'd appreciate it if you would take a little time to read through our quick checklist before contacting us.

Adopting a child is a big step to take and many people feel more than little apprehensive about contacting an adoption agency. We're here to help and are always happy to answer your questions. You can register your interest online, email us at [email protected] or call 020 7520 2881 and ask for advice about adoption.

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