I want to adopt
What is adoption?
Adoption is a legal process that permanently joins a child (or children) to their adoptive parent or parents – who then take on all the responsibilities of bringing them up.
If you have considered adopting, we have prepared a brochure which you can download or you can simply read on.
Once the process is complete, the child will live permanently with you and any future contact with their birth family – and the local authority – will be agreed beforehand.
Could it be for you?
Every year, around 4,000 children are adopted in the UK.
Parenting a child who is not your own, giving them the love and support they need and making them an integral part of your life, takes special qualities and a huge commitment. It will mean making sacrifices, putting their interests first; and you will also need to consider what impact this has on others in your immediate family.
But if you are ready for those challenges, there can be few more rewarding and enjoyable achievements.
Who can adopt?
Anyone who is age 21 and over can potentially apply to adopt.
You can be single, married or in a same sex relationship. You can be employed or unemployed, have children of your own and be from any ethnic, religious or cultural background.
Above all, like any parent, you need to be patient, caring, energetic and prepared to dedicate the years it will take to ensuring a child the best start in life.
Who needs to be adopted?
We have children of all ages and backgrounds who need a stable family home.
We need adoptive families for babies, older children aged 3+ as well as siblings. We endeavour where possible to place siblings together if it’s in their best interests to do so. Sometimes we may place a young child for adoption and then a sibling will be born who also needs adopting.
Some children may have disabilities and health needs. Some children may have experienced abuse, trauma and separation in their lives and most will currently be in the care system.
All children need a loving home with a parent or parents who can give them time, love and understanding. To give you an idea, the following are case histories of the kind of children who may need adopting:
- John is 13 months old and has recently come into care because his mother has been leaving him alone during the evenings when she goes out with friends. During the day his mother has been unresponsive and did not stimulate him leaving him for long periods of time in his cot or pushchair. His father is unknown. John needs an adoptive parent/parents who can ensure that his needs for stimulation are met so that he can develop as expected for a child of his age.
- Claire is 6 months old. She has two older brothers Tommy 3 and David 7 who were previously adopted. Claire’s parents are drug users whose ability to care for Claire has been assessed but it is clear that they will not be able to do so. Claire will need to come into care and an adoptive family will need to be found.
- Katie is 4 years old. She has been in care twice previously due to suspected abuse and neglect and has returned home each time. It has now been decided that adoption is in her best interests as her parents have not been able to sustain any change. Katie needs a loving home with an adoptive family who are able to provide her with good routines and lots of nurturing, love and patience.
How does the process work?
The process takes a little while to ensure that you understand all that will be expected of you, as well as allowing us to gain a full insight into what you can offer a child.
Our adoption brochure tells you everything you need to know about adoption and the process in much more detail.
How long does it all take?
A new two stage adoption process was introduced in July 2013 with a typical adoption taking about six months to approve.
Our aims and objectives
Find out what our adoption service wants to achieve in our adoption service statement of purpose.
If you want to know more about what our adopters have to say about adopting for the Joint Adoption Service, please visit our case studies to share their experiences.
If you want to know more about adopting a child for Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin please contact us.
We look forward to hearing from you.