Once you've been in contact with a member of our team, either by phone or at one of our regular information events, we'll arrange to talk to you in more detail in your home - in person if possible, or remotely if not. We call this the initial visit.
One of our social workers will talk to you about things you need to consider before applying to adopt, such as your support networks, finances, health, motivation and the sorts of children you could consider adopting. The visit will usually take a couple of hours.
Following these discussions we can invite you to join one of our regular preparation groups where you'll meet others at the same stage of the process and begin the process of training to become approved as an adopter.
What happens next?
The adoption process is in two stages.
- Stage One takes eight weeks from the point when you register your interest with us. During this time, we'll take up the references you've given us and you'll begin training and have a medical with your GP. Once we let you know if you can progress to Stage Two, you have up to six months to decide if you want to go forward.
- Stage Two lasts four months. During this time you'll receive more training and have a series of meetings with your social worker who'll produce a report for our adoption panel. Panel will make a recommendation about your suitability to adopt and the final decision is made by the Adoption Focus Decision Maker.
Once you're approved as an adopter we'll work with you and with our local authority and Regional Adoption Agency contacts to find a suitable child or children.