Who Can Adopt?

You need to be 21 or over to adopt. There’s no upper age limit, providing you’re healthy enough and have the necessary energy, time and commitment to offer a child.

You must be living in the British Isles, or have been a habitual resident in part of the British Isles for at least one year before application.

You cannot be considered suitable if you or any member of your household have been convicted of serious crimes such as offences against children, murder, serious sexual offences or serious fraud.

It does not matter if you are married, single or living with a partner. If you are in a relationship we ask that it is an enduring one. Ideally we would like couples to have lived together for at least 2yrs

Your sexuality is not an issue.

You could have a disability and be a successful adoptive parent. Together we will explore your ability to meet a child’s needs.

You may be with or without children of your own. Previous experience of caring for a child can be an advantage but is not essential.

You don’t need to be wealthy, or own your own home to adopt as long as you have a spare room to comfortably accommodate a child and are able to support them financially.

You can be from any culture, ethnic, religious or social background.

‘Some people are reluctant to enquire about adoption as they feel that they won’t be eligible, and rule themselves out because of hearsay or common myths. So we would encourage you to speak to us first. We are more than happy to discuss any worries or issues you may have.