Who can adopt?

Whether you are single or married, male or female, a homeowner or renting, straight, lesbian, gay, trans or bisexual - believe you can adopt.  

To ensure that every child gets the support and stability they deserve, there are a few criteria you need to be approved as an adoptive parent. You must:

  • be over the age of 21
  • have stopped fertility treatment if you've been trying to conceive
  • have a spare room at home: this could be a spare bedroom, or a room you’re not currently using as a bedroom, such as a study.

Our adopters are from various backgrounds, genders, nationalities, religions and ages.

If you decide to adopt a child, we will also take into consideration:

Your health – as part of the adoption process, your medical health will be checked. Not all disabilities will stop you from adopting.

If you have children – we will discuss with you how you will meet the needs of an adoptive child as well as your existing children. Your children’s thoughts about adoption are also important.

If you have a partner – he or she must have been living with you for at least two years. Your relationship will be assessed to make sure a child will be placed in a loving and stable home.

If you smoke – there are significant health risks of smoking and passive smoking. It is unlikely that a young child will be placed in a home where there are smokers.

Your criminal record - as part of the adoption process we will do a police check. Not all criminal convictions will stop you from adopting, but people with a history of sexual offences and/or cruelty to children will not be considered.

Your decision to adopt has the potential to change a child's life and yours.