The assessment process


The adoption process is in two stages.

Stage One involves registration, initial checks and references and takes two months. 

After successful completion of Stage One, applicants may take a break of up to six months before commencing Stage Two, which involves further training and assessment with an allocated social worker.

Stage Two can take up to four months and is complete when the recommendation of the Adoption Panel is verified by the Agency Decision Maker. On approval, the family finding will begin.

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To find out more about each stage please click on the links below


Stage One and Two checklist

Click here for a short outline of our Stage One and Two checklists

Why choose Adoption Focus?

"I know we definitely made the right decision to adopt through Adoption Focus. In fact I have recommended it to a number of other couples thinking about adopting – one of which has already made enquiries and is underway with their own journey."

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