Adoption is built around the needs of the child but it's also a legal process giving you duties, responsibilities and rights for that child.
By adopting a child and providing a loving, secure home you can really make a difference. We are always looking for families with the potential to adopt, could you be one of them?
Currently we have greatest need of families able to consider the following:
- Children over 3 years of age.
- Children with health and development issues.
- Sibling groups where it is likely one child is of school age.
- Children from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds.
We have very limited capacity at the current time to assess applicants unable to consider the above. We will continue to keep our recruitment needs under review in order to ensure that we can place our children in new families as soon as possible.
For further advice on adoption agencies please contact First4Adoption.
- Types of adoption
- Who can adopt?
- How do I adopt?
- Meet recent adopters and children who are waiting for a new family
In 2013-14 we placed 57 children for adoption. Many children are placed by themselves, but we also need families who can adopt two or more children to keep siblings together. Most of our children have had a poor start in life, but have huge potential to develop successfully within the right family.
We welcome prospective adopters from all sections of the community, whatever their background or marital status and are especially keen to hear from anyone who can consider children over four years old, children from black and minority ethnic groups, sibling groups and children with complex health or development needs.
We follow customer care standards developed by the professional bodies representing adoption agencies.
What adopted children say are the best things about getting adopted
- Joining a new or real family.
- Being able to stay with brothers or sisters.
- Knowing that people care about you.
- Realising you are going to live somewhere forever.
(The Office of the Children's Rights Director)