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Who can adopt with us

Children need parents who can offer them love and support throughout their childhood and beyond. If you believe you can offer one or more children the commitment they require, we would love to hear from you. We welcome enquiries from people over the age of 21, who are UK residents or domiciled in Britain and hold no criminal convictions against children. 

Looking at your child that smiles back or calls you Dad or Daddy and comes for a cuddle melts your heart

Looking at your child that smiles back or calls you Dad or Daddy and comes for a cuddle melts your heart

  • single;
  • married or in a civil partnership;
  • a couple in a committed, long-term relationship;
  • heterosexual, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender;
  • from any ethnicity and religion;
  • someone who doesn’t have children or who is a parent already;
  • a homeowner or living in rented accommodation;
  • employed or receiving benefits;
  • people who may have a disability.

We welcome people of all ages, who are in good health, have energy, patience, able to understand children’s feelings, and see the world from their perspective, a sense of fun, and the motivation to persevere through difficult times.

If this sounds like you, please get in touch using the contact details below, you will be welcomed.

Is adoption right for me?

We recommend that you do as much preparation as possible, to find out if adoption is right for you.  First4Adoption (national information website) lots of helpful information and advice, including an interactive step-by-step guide all about the adoption process. Their helpful advisors are also on hand to answer your initial questions

Link to national adoption website

The national information website should be the first stop on your Adoption journey

Your adoption journey

Adoption is an enormous undertaking for you and the children involved. We understand your need for information and we are committed to making the process as smooth as possible for everyone involved. Our friendly team will support you during the adoption process and for as long after as you require. We work to ensure the future stability and happiness of all our adoptive families.

To register an interest in adoption and/or to request an information pack, please contact us:

After a telephone discussion with a duty social worker, you will be offered an initial interview within 10 days. There is also the opportunity to attend an information meeting with other people who are interested in adopting.

During the initial interview a social worker will discuss with you in more detail what is involved and answer any questions you may have. At the end of the interview you will be given a 'Registration of Interest Form' and when you feel ready you can return that to us and we will begin our assessment process.

You will have a social worker who will work with you and get to know you and what your strengths as an adopter are likely to be. They will support you through the process as you learn more about what adopting is all about.

  • We will take up checks and references with the police, the local authority, your employers (where appropriate).
  • We will ask you to supply us with the details of people who can comment on your suitability to adopt
  • We will ask you to take a medical and complete a self-assessment questionnaire.
  • You will be invited to training designed to support you in thinking about exactly what is involved in adopting children who need new families

Once we have collected all this information we will make a decision, after discussion with you, as to whether to take your application to Stage 2 of the approval process. Your social worker will let you know our decision verbally and in writing.

The Government has designed this two-stage process to ensure that those who enter Stage 2 are in a position to move forward with their application and are likely to be approved as adopters for the kinds of children requiring families.

In this stage of the approval process a social worker will visit you at home and  talk through with you why you want to adopt, the kind of child you would best be able to care for and your overall strengths and suitability. You will also be invited to attend more detailed training to prepare you for adoption.

Once the assessment is completed, your social worker will write a report for an independent Adoption Panel. The panel is made up of adoption experts and experienced adopters who will consider all the information gathered during the approval process and make a recommendation on your suitability to be an adoptive parent. You will have the opportunity to comment on the report and to attend the panel if you wish.

Once you are approved to adopt, we will begin the search for a child whose needs you can meet. 

We will be there for you during the period where you are getting to know the child who has been identified as a possible match for your family and help you prepare to bring him or her home. You will meet the Family Finder and the child’s social worker so you can find out more about him or her - it is important that you feel positive about the child and also that the child’s social worker feels that you would be well placed to care for the child. Detailed information is exchanged before decisions are made.

Children may be found via:

  • Children for whom Cambridgeshire Local Authority are seeking adopters – there are a range of children of different ages  who need adopters
  • Linkmaker – a website enabling matching children to their adoptive parents
  • Be My Parent (a newsletter published by British Association for Adoption and Fostering)
  • Adoption UK
  • Direct referrals to Cambridgeshire from local authorities

Before children join their new family, there is time for the parent/s and children to get to know each other through a programme of visits. There is also a period of living together during which we will continue to visit and support you until the time feels right to apply to the court for an Adoption Order.

Once the Adoption Order has been granted you are then the child’s parents, and you will make the decisions for your child, but we are always interested to have news if you want to be in touch, and to offer support.

We offer our adoptive families  continuous support including emotional and practical help

The steps to adopting a child or young person in Cambridgeshire

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