Adoption is a way of providing the security, permanency and love of a new family when it is not possible for a child to be raised by his/her birth parents or within the birth family.

Adoption is a legal process which transfers parental responsibility from the child’s birth parents to their adoptive parents. The Adoption Order is granted by a court when the child(ren) have been living with the prospective adopters and all concerned, including the child, are happy. Once an Adoption Order is made it cannot be revoked.



Adoption is a legal process, with a court permanently transferring all parental rights and responsibilities for the child to their new family. The child becomes part of the adoptive family, as if they had been born into it, even taking their surname. Adoption has significant legal, emotional, psychological and social consequences for everyone involved: it is a life-changing moment for adoptive parent(s), child and birth relatives.

Fostering is a way of providing family life for someone else’s child, when they are unable to live in their birth family – with the expectation that most will hopefully return home.

Where this is not possible, the local authority will look at alternatives, such as the child being cared for by other relatives, or possibly adoption or permanent fostering.

Unlike adoption, a fostered child remains the legal responsibility of the local authority and/or their birth parents.



Anyone over the age of 21 can be considered as an adopter, regardless of marital status, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation, income or whether you have parenting experience or not.

There is no such thing as an ‘ideal’ adoptive family and when we are looking for families we are interested in what you can offer a child and how you can best fulfill their individual needs.

We are looking for families from a wide variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds who can offer a permanent loving home and a secure environment to a child.



No you cannot apply unless you or your partner are a UK resident. Your permanent home must be in the UK at the time of assessment.


Families for Children offer the same service as Local Authorities in terms of taking you through the adoption application and assessment. However in addition we provide a unique adoption support service which is free and for life should you need it.

When it comes to matching you with a child Families for Children will also have access to a larger pool of children as we can search for children from all over the UK.



Yes, of course. We normally recommend that there is at least a two year gap, ideally three, between the age of your youngest child and the child you adopt.


There is no upper age limit when determining who can adopt. However the assessment will take into account your physical ability to look after a child and the child’s needs. In turn this may have a bearing on the age of the child you will have to consider.


Yes you do not have to be in a relationship to apply to adopt. Families for Children has a good network of single adopters both women and men.


It doesn’t automatically exclude you from applying to us. Please contact us to discuss.