Anyone over 21 and without a serious criminal conviction is eligible to adopt including: single people, those who already have children, people in rented accommodation, members of the lesbian, gay or transgender communities. There is no upper age limit to apply to adopt in England.
Who are the children?
There are currently almost 3000 children in England waiting to be adopted. The average age of these children is 3 years, many are older and some have complex needs. What all these children have in common is the need for a forever family to provide them with love and security.
Have you got what it takes?
Adopted children need parents who can stick by them through good times and bad and help them overcome their troubled backgrounds. You’ll need lifelong commitment, empathy, energy and patience. But, if you’re up for the challenge, there’s no greater reward than transforming a child’s life forever.
Liz, an adoption agency social worker, talks about what she looks for in an adoptive parent.
If you’d like to find out more, we’d love to hear from you. First4Adoption is the national adoption information service for England. We can also put you in touch with adoption agencies that cover your area. Visit www.first4adoption.org.uk or call us on 0300 222 0022.