We are looking for prospective adopters in Scotland to provide loving, stable homes for preschool children.
With more than 35 years' experience of supporting adoptive parents, we help children to have the bright futures they deserve.
You can register your interest by:
We will call you to find out more about why you want to adopt, and if we can see a potential great fit we'll arrange an informal face-to-face catch up so that we can get to know one another better. Whatever the outcome, we will keep you updated and provide feedback about our decisions.
At the meeting, we'll talk about:
If together, we agree to continue, you will be invited to attend a training course – preparing you to become an adoptive parent.
If we decide that you are not suitable to adopt at that time, you will be sent a letter explaining why.
By attending our compulsory training course you will:
If you decide to continue with the adoption process once the course is finished, you will need to complete an application and fill out a consent form so that we can conduct:
Once we have your application form and confirmation that you have passed all the necessary checks you will be invited to start the formal adoption assessment.
You must agree to the formal adoption process before the next stage starts.
You will be assigned a qualified, supportive Barnardo’s social worker, who will:
The information collected will become part of your Form F or assessment report. This is given to the adoption panel who will recommend if you are suitable to adopt.
The adoption panel is a group of experts who might have experience working with children or may have been adopted as children themselves.
We will invite you to meet the panel and they will make a recommendation based on:
The final decision is made by a Barnardo’s ‘adoption decision maker’.
If you are approved as an adopter your social worker will work with the local authority to find you a suitable child.
The child’s social worker and the authority adoption panel must also agree that the match is right, in order for the adoption to go ahead.
You will be introduced to your child once a match has been approved.
You will spend quality time getting to know each other with the support of social workers, including:
By spending time with your child before he or she moves in, you can help to build a trusting relationship.
A final planning meeting is arranged before your child comes to live with you.
Your social worker, the child’s social worker and other professionals will attend to determine the best interests of the child.
An adoption placement plan will be agreed. This ensures that you and your child are fully supported. The plan gives details about reviewing the placement, and the future support provided.
Once the plan has been agreed your child will come to live with you.
You must apply for an adoption order to make the adoption official.
We will come with you to court when you make the application. When the adoption order has been granted you will have parental responsibilities for your child.
It is important to keep in contact with you after the adoption process. Your family will receive ongoing support and training.
Your decision to adopt has the potential to change a child's life and yours.