Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply whilst still undergoing fertility treatment?

We recommend delaying an adoption application until any fertility treatment is completed and to allow a time to recover from this. We know that many people want to start enquiries about adoption whilst still undergoing treatment and you can use this time to research adoption and to find out more about the needs of children waiting.

I’ve just finished unsuccessful fertility treatment. Can I adopt a child now?

Ideally we would like you to have waited at least 6 months after your fertility treatment. You need to resolve your feelings around this loss and think about what childlessness or adoption will really mean to you.

You will need to show us that you have come to terms with your infertility

Adoption must be a positive choice and we believe that you can only develop a successful relationship with an adopted child once you have fully moved on. Many people successfully adopt

How long does it take?

Everyone goes through the adoption process at a different pace. From your first enquiry and home visit you will be put on a waiting list for the next available NWAS training. Courses are held across North Wales throughout the year. Following training, returning your application form and completing your statutory checks, we aim to take your approval to panel within 6 months. This may take longer if there is there are any complex issues within your assessment. After you are approved you are likely to be matched fairly quickly given the number of children we have waiting to be adopted however this will depend on your flexibility with the range of children that you could consider. After approval, you will receive regular reviews to discuss your matching criteria and any change of circumstances.

Am I too old?

There is no upper age limit for adoptive parents. Much will depend on your outlook and ability to meet the identified needs of the child into adulthood.

Will I be competing with other potential adoptive parents?

Prospective adopters are carefully considered and matched to meet the needs of each child. There may be a variety of reasons why one family may be more appropriate than another for an individual child.

Should I tell the children that they are adopted?

Yes! Evidence shows that it is better for the child when their adoptive parents are open and honest about adoption. Not knowing will cause upset and emotional trauma in later life.

Once the child is placed, am I on my own?

No, the adoption team will keep in touch with you, especially for the first year of placement to provide you with support. Should you have any worries you can always contact us for support at any time up to the child’s 18th birthday.

Do the children keep in touch with their birth families?

Adopters are encouraged and expected to give the children age appropriate information about their birth family as they grow up. Most children keep in touch with one or more birth family members by card or letter. Face to face contact will be arranged if it is considered in the best interest of the child. It is vital that adopters support these arrangements.

Are there any costs involved?

When adopting a child the only costs that may be incurred are the costs of a medical check from your GP. The cost of a court hearing for an adoption order will be paid by the authority placing the child.

You may need to take extended time off work during the introduction period and after a child is placed with you. The length of time for introductions will vary according to the age and needs of the individual child. The introduction process can be very tiring. Adopters are entitled to adoption leave and paternity leave from their employers. Please check what you are entitled to with your employer.

State benefits are paid from the time a child is placed in the same way as to any other parent. In some cases you may be eligible for adoption allowance.

If you wish to adopt a child from another country, significant costs are involved. More information is available on request.