We have unexplained infertility, and although we could still achieve a pregnancy, this is unlikely. We have heard that we need to use contraception if we want to adopt. Is this true? Children need adoptive parents who feel completely committed to them. Once prospective adopters are approved and considering possible placements, they need to be able to focus on the children who may join them. It would be really difficult for a child to be told that their social worker has found them new parents, only to then learn that they can’t go and live with them because there is another baby – or for this to happen shortly after the child arrives. For this reason it is advisable that steps are taken to avoid a pregnancy. If a pregnancy happens during the assessment process, the application could not continue, because the focus would inevitably be on the pregnancy. Therefore if you are coming into the adoption process we would expect that you are prepared to avoid a pregnancy.