There's no typical profile of an adoptive parent
We want to recruit a diverse range of adopters regardless of age, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, employment or marital status.
We have a great record of getting our applicants approved for adoption, including heterosexual couples, same sex couples, families who already have children and single adopters.
We particularly need adoptive families who could consider adopting children of school age, brothers and sisters so they can remain together, children of mixed ethnicity and children with extra learning needs or physical disabilities. We sometimes also need adoptive families for young children and babies.
All we ask is that you:
- Have a spare bedroom in your home.
- Be over 21.
- Be in reasonable health now and in the foreseeable future
- Can provide a safe, stable environment for your child
What skills and qualities does an adoptive parent need?
We are committed to finding the right match for all our children and families. Like any parent, as an adopter you'll provide a safe, loving and secure home for a child. You will need patience, tolerance and energy.
Adopting a child requires a high level of resilience and commitment. A sense of fun and an ability to handle difficult situations will also help.
First hand accounts of adoption
British Association for Adoption and Fostering have produced and collaborated on a number of videos that offer first-hand accounts of adoption and fostering from families, children and parents. It's a great chance to find out the inside story of adoption.