Exploration & planning
Making a start
Your adoption journey starts with reading background information, along with speaking to experts and other adopters who have made the journey before. You will be able to explore the different adoption agencies in your region who provide adoption services.
Registration, Initial checks and training
After finding an agency you are comfortable with, you can start the formal processes, such as references, background checks and preparation training. This stage should take around 2 months to complete.
Assessment and approval
This is a four-month stage, where a social worker will work with you and your family, assessing your strengths before presenting it in a report to the Adoption Panel and the agency making a decision about approving you as a suitable adopter.
Finding the right match
Your adoption agency works with local authorities to find the right child for you. They will discuss the suitability of children with you and a report is presented to a matching adoption panel and the agency makes a final decision regarding the match proceeding.